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Published on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Call 911 to report impaired driving

Halton Police and MADD Canada ask people to make the right call

Call 911 to report impaired driving
Halton Police, MADD Canada want you to make the right call
HRPS Board Chair Rob Burton and representatives for Oakville MP John Olilver spoke about increasing police powers to control impaired driving as Police, Fire and EMS from Oakville, Burlington and Milton joined forces on Saturday to launch Campaign 911, a Canada-wide campaign to encourage and empower the Canadian public to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911 - Marta Marychuk Photo
By Marta Marychuk, Oakville Beaver

Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has joined with MADD Canada in the effort to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

During a press conference at police headquarters in Oakville on Saturday, April 22, HRPS announced that it is partnering with MADD Canada to launch Campaign 911 in Halton Region.

By calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police, the community can play a role in reducing impaired driving cases, deaths and injuries.

Campaign 911 is a Canada-wide campaign to encourage and empower the Canadian public to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911.

Since it was first introduced in 2007, Lucienne Croghan, President of MADD Halton Chapter, said Campaign 911 has made a tremendous impact reducing impaired driving.

“Impaired driving is indeed an emergency situation,” Croghan added.

"Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, yet Halton motorists are still making the choice to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs," said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Halton Regional Police Service.

Despite years of awareness campaigns illustrating why driving a vehicle when impaired by drugs or alcohol is dangerous, impaired driving remains the top criminal cause of death in Canada.

In 2016, 265 Halton motorists were criminally charged for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Impaired motorists place all Halton residents at risk, said Duraiappah.

He urged anyone who observes a vehicle being operated in any manner that places you or anyone else in danger, to make the call to 911 for an immediate police response.

"The Halton Regional Police Service is imploring citizens to take action by calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police. We want to mobilize the community to share the responsibility for keeping Halton safe. By making the right call, members of the public are keeping our roads, and our communities, safe," said Duraiappah.

“Community safety is a shared responsibility,” said Duraiappah.

Community safety is not only the responsibility of HRPS, but also Halton Region, local business and the community working to stop impaired drivers, Duraiappah added.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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