St Catharines, Welland RIDE sweep pulls over 700 cars, issues just one ‘alert’

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Published August 3, 2021 at 3:24 pm

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It would appear that drivers in St Catharines and Welland are getting the “Don’t Drink and Drive” message loud and clear.

Niagara Police conducted a RIDE spot-check on July 31 in the two cities and with 700 cars pulled over, just one driver registered an “alert.”

An alert is when the driver blows between 0.50 and 0.80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. Anything over 0.80 milligrams is a driving while impaired charge. A licence is automatically suspended for three days with an alert.

In total, 24 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis.

Impaired driving is still the leading criminal offence causing deaths in Canada.

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