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TIMMINS POLICE CONCERNED OVER RECENT TREND IN IMPAIRED DRIVING – YTD STATS

The Timmins Police Service is in the midst of reviewing its most current Impaired Driving statistics and as the colloquial expression goes “the numbers don’t lie”.
In terms of a “Year to Date” analysis, there have been 25 incidents resulting in Impaired Operation charges under the Criminal Code of Canada thus far this year.
This statistic encompasses the time period measuring the occurrence rate between January 1st to the 31st of July of 2018.
In comparison to that same time period, there were 21 such charges laid for 2017.
At years end, in 2017, there were 40 driving incidents resulting in Impaired Operation charges laid by the Timmins Police Service.
From a “year to date perspective, the recent numbers show a 19% increase in Impaired Operation charges. This trend is a concern for the Timmins Police Service.
Timmins Police Service Traffic Sergeant Tom Chypyha adds: “Enforcement efforts continue to be maintained and will remain constant in Timmins with a focus on enhancing traffic safety in our community. It is obvious that driving behaviors and attitudes towards making better decisions will likely determine the final tally for 2018 in terms of Impaired Driving charges. That said, Traffic Section officers and platoon officers with the Timmins Police Service are constantly monitoring area roadways to locate suspected impaired drivers. Those who choose to indulge in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, or other intoxicants, owe it to themselves and their community to make better choices when it comes to taking to the wheel”
One of the Timmins Police Service’s most valued community partners, the Timmins and Area MADD chapter echoes this point of view. MADD Chapter chairperson Amy St-Amour adds: “This recent trend should serve as a warning to all drivers in Timmins that their behavior behind the wheel is subject to welcomed scrutiny by the Timmins Police Service. Each year, countless avoidable tragedies occur on Canadian roadways caused by impaired drivers. Bad choices lead to these tragedies and an informed driving population must be reminded to make decisions that will reduce these incidents from happening.”
The Timmins Police Service holds traffic safety as a top priority in keeping with its operational business plan. This statistical trend demonstrates that enforcement efforts by the Timmins Police Service are part of the motoring landscape in Timmins. Those who choose to take risks by taking to the wheel under the influence will be held to account for their criminal behavior by the Timmins Police Service.