Rainy River District OPP officers were kept busy over the weekend as they investigated three incidents involving impaired drivers.
On Saturday at 10:13 p.m., officers responded to the report of a vehicle in a ditch near Pither’s Point Park.
When officers arrived, they located an uninjured male driver still in his vehicle.
Following an investigation, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, impaired driving, and having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg.
On Friday at 9:40 p.m., officers tried to stop a male driver by activating their emergency lights.
The driver failed to stop and continued driving to his residence.
Police followed and when the vehicle stopped, the male exited his vehicle and tried to enter his residence to evade police.
Police arrested the male and he subsequently was charged with having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg.
Also Friday at 2:56 a.m., police noticed a vehicle driving erratically on King’s Highway in Fort Frances.
The female driver was stopped and refused to provide a sample of her breath.
She subsequently was charged contrary to section 254(5) of the Criminal Code.
All three are scheduled to appear in court here next month.
Finally, yesterday at 6:57 p.m., a motorist called police to report a possible impaired driver.
The driver and vehicle were located in Chapple Township.
Police determined the driver was not impaired. Rather, the driver was tired from a long day of travelling.
Officers had a conversation with the driver, who agreed to pull over and rest before continuing.
As the Canada Road Safety Week–Distracted Driving Campaign continues, public safety is priority for the OPP.
Officers will continue to focus enforcement efforts on the “Big 4,” which include aggressive driving/speed, alcohol/impaired driving, occupant restraint (seatbelts), and distracted driving offences.
The goal of this initiative is to reduce the number of fatal collisions.
“Impaired driving is not only illegal, but it is socially unacceptable,” said local OPP Cst. Anne McCoy.
“There are many avenues to get to your destination without drinking and driving,” she noted.
“Drinking and driving is 100 percent avoidable,” she stressed.