Timmins police ‘confounded’ by record pace of drunk driving charges

first_img RELATED TAGSFlexSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesOntarioFlexOntarioTimmins First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Police conducting a RIDE program through the streets of Port Hope, Ont. See More Videos So, it should go without saying, but if you see anybody driving or about to drive under the influence, call the local police. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Police in Timmins, Ontario, have handed out five charges for drunk driving over the last three weeks, setting a pace that, should it hold, will blow past the numbers captured in 2019 and 2018.“This speaks to fairly careless behaviour or a fairly casual point of view on the part of some drivers,” police service’s communications coordinator, Marc Depatie, told CTV News Northern Ontario. “There’s got to be some (consideration) with local drivers to make plans so that they don’t put themselves behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca One recent incident involved an under-the-influence 40-year-old woman who crashed her SUV on a residential road, flipping it into the front yard of somebody’s home before trying to escape on foot. Police found and arrested her nearby by following the footsteps she left in the snow. It’d almost be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous and idiotic. Another of the five arrests made at the over 1,800 Festive RIDE checks that have been executed since the start of this year’s campaign on December 2 involved an inebriated parent travelling with five children under the age of ten in the vehicle with them. Timmins-area Mothers Against Drunk Driving were appalled by that event, as were police. “We are confounded,” says Depatie. “We don’t know what more we can say or what more we can do… Our officers are very focused on locating impaired drivers. We’re making that as clear as possible with the public and still, there seems to be a persistent number of persons who choose to ignore that message.”One silver lining in this disturbing trend, however, is that other members of the public have been calling out offenders. Timmins police say two of the five charges given this year were the results of civilian complaints. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › advertisementlast_img read more