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35 people charged with impaired driving in 2017

'It remains a mystery why individuals continue to drive impaired'
2017-11-24 Festive RIDE MH
Timmins Police Const. Darren McGaghran. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Fewer drivers were charged for impaired driving in 2017 compared to 2016.

In 2017, 35 people were charged with impaired driving by Timmins Police. That is a drop from 2016, when 49 charges were laid.

“The Timmins Police Service’s goal for the number of impaired drivers charged on any given day, month, or year remains at zero. That being said, the fact that 35 drivers were charged last year alone is disheartening,” said Kate Cantin, Timmins Police corporate communications co-ordinator.

According to a Timmins Police report, the average age of the drivers charged last year is 35.7 years. Nine of the drivers were female, while 26 were male.

Most months there were one to three drivers charged, with the most active month being April, when six people were charged.

“The statistics show that there is no ‘trend’ to impaired driving – last year both males and females were charged, of all ages ranging from 18 to 68, at various times of day,” said Cantin. “It remains a mystery why individuals continue to drive impaired, knowing the potential devastation impaired driving can cause. As a police service, we will continue to work toward our goal of zero impaired drivers by continuing to conduct RIDE programs and sobriety checks, continuing to publish the names of those charged with Impaired Driving, and continuing to encourage residents to call 9-1-1 if they suspect an impaired driver.”