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Police say impaired charges are up 19 per cent over last year

Trend a concern for Timmins Police
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Timmins Police say impaired charges are up this year compared to 2017. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

The Timmins Police Service is in the midst of reviewing its most current impaired driving statistics and as the colloquial expression goes “the numbers don’t lie”.

In terms of a year-to-date analysis, there have been 25 incidents resulting in impaired operation charges under the Criminal Code of Canada thus far this year.

This statistic encompasses the time period measuring the occurrence rate between Jan. 1 to July 31, 2018.

In comparison to that same time period, there were 21 such charges laid for 2017.

At year’s end, in 2017, there were 40 driving incidents resulting in impaired operation charges laid by the Timmins Police Service.

From a year-to-date perspective, the recent numbers show a 19 per cent increase in impaired operation charges. This trend is a concern for the Timmins Police Service.

Timmins Police Service Traffic Sgt. Tom Chypyha adds: “Enforcement efforts continue to be maintained and will remain constant in Timmins with a focus on enhancing traffic safety in our community. It is obvious that driving behaviours and attitudes toward making better decisions will likely determine the final tally for 2018 in terms of Impaired Driving charges. That said, Traffic Section officers and platoon officers with the Timmins Police Service are constantly monitoring area roadways to locate suspected impaired drivers. Those who choose to indulge in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, or other intoxicants, owe it to themselves and their community to make better choices when it comes to taking to the wheel.”

One of the Timmins Police Service’s most valued community partners, the Timmins and Area MADD chapter echoes this point of view.

MADD Chapter chairperson Amy St-Amour adds: “This recent trend should serve as a warning to all drivers in Timmins that their behavior behind the wheel is subject to welcomed scrutiny by the Timmins Police Service. Each year, countless avoidable tragedies occur on Canadian roadways caused by impaired drivers. Bad choices lead to these tragedies and an informed driving population must be reminded to make decisions that will reduce these incidents from happening.”

The Timmins Police Service holds traffic safety as a top priority in keeping with its operational business plan. This statistical trend demonstrates that enforcement efforts by the Timmins Police Service are part of the motoring landscape in Timmins. Those who choose to take risks by taking to the wheel under the influence will be held to account for their criminal behaviour by the Timmins Police Service.