January 13, 2016 3:15 pm

RCMP charged more than 1,000 people with impaired driving in 2015

RCMP at a check point in December of 2015.

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Nova Scotia RCMP have released some alarming statistics about impaired driving in the province.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2015, officers say they charged 1,048 people with impaired driving and an additional 84 people for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drug.

“It’s very alarming to see this many motorists putting themselves and others at risk by driving while impaired,” Sgt. Leanne MacDonald said in a release.


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“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and I want to thank citizens who called in suspected impaired drivers throughout 2015. Your calls are saving lives.”

READ MORE: Police ramping up efforts to stop impaired driving

Police say in addition to the impaired driving charges, they also issued 561 administrative suspensions, which is when drivers lose their license from anywhere between 24 hours to 90 days.

Anyone with sees a suspected impaired driver are asked to call 911 and report the location where the vehicle is travelling, description of the driver and/or vehicle, and license plate information.

 

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