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More impaired driving charges in 2020 than 2019

Nipping West OPP says that throughout their detachment area, 79 people were charged with impaired driving in 2020. It’s an increase from 62 in 2019.

Though the increase can be contributed to the takeover of West Nipissing in June of 2019, increasing the area monitored by police, Staff Sergeant Kevin Webb says OPP officers will continue to remain focused on identifying drivers who are driving impaired and pose a public safety threat on Ontario’s roads, waterways and trail systems.

The OPP says it will expand it’s Drug Recognition Expert program as well as its Standardized Field Sobriety testing to enhance its ability to detect and evaluate drug-impaired drivers.

If you suspect that someone is operating a motor vehicle, vessel or off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Highway, trail and water safety is a shared responsibility. By working together, the OPP and members of the public can ensure that impaired driving is reduced and public safety enhanced.” said Constable Robert Lewis

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