Oakville, Burlington, Milton residents help Halton cops catch drunk drivers

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Published June 27, 2022 at 4:41 pm

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Halton Police said the majority of arrests for impaired driving related charges made this past weekend were due to alert residents calling 911. INSAUGA PHOTO

Halton Regional Police aren’t the only ones keeping an eye out for drunk drivers in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.

It appears local residents are also stepping up when it comes to reporting impaired drivers and keeping our streets safe.


Halton Police said the majority of arrests for impaired driving related charges made this past weekend were due to alert residents calling 911.

Police said they are thankful for the help in keeping our roads safe.

“It is very helpful when citizens call in these types of offences,” HRPS media relations officer Steve Ellis told inhalton.com. “It is always beneficial to have more sets of eyes on the roads, and when citizens call suspected impaired drivers in to the police, it helps make the roadways safer for all those who use them.

“Impaired driving is an emergency and we would encourage anyone who suspects someone is driving while impaired to call 911 immediately. Crime prevention is a shared responsibility and we are very thankful when citizens do what they can to help us keep our communities safe.”

On Saturday, police responded to citizen-initiated complaints in both Milton and Oakville. One call in the area Trafalgar Road and Lower Base Line in Milton led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Milton woman who was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more.

On the same day in the area of Trafalgar Road and Dundas Street in Oakville, a citizen-initiated complaint led to the arrest of a 29-year-old Brampton man. He was charged with  blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more.

On Sunday, police responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Yates Drive and Thompson Road South in Milton. As a result of an investigation, a 40-year-old man from  Milton was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs.

On the same day, Halton Police officers responded to another citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Cornwall Road and Chartwell Road in Oakville. That led to a 29-year-old man being charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more.

Signs of an impaired driver someone can recognize are:

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
  • Making exceptionally wide turns
  • Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
  • Disregarding signals and lights
  • Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
  • Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
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