Thanks to citizen tips, four impaired drivers are off the roads in Saugeen Shores.
Saugeen Shores Police Service said May 4 at 9 p.m. officers arrested and charged a 63-year-old Kitchener man for impaired driving – he blew double the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
Police said it was the fourth impaired-related driving arrest since April 23 – all thanks to calls from the public.
“The information we receive from citizens is vital in keeping our roads [safe],” SSPS said in a Facebook post.
May 1 at 4 p.m. police were dispatched to a fail-to -remain collision near Rowland’s Independent Grocer’ in Port Elgin.
Police said witnesses led them to a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle near Port Elgin Main Beach. Police located the driver walking in the area, and as result of an investigation, a 47-year-old man from Newfoundland was charged with operation while impaired (80plus), dangerous operation, failure to stop after accident, and obstruct police.
The man’s license was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
A 65-year-old Saugeen Shores woman was charged with impaired driving after police were tipped to an erratic driver April 29 at 8 p.m. in Port Elgin.
Police said if you suspect a driver is impaired, it is a crime in progress and public safety is at risk. Call 9-1-1 to report the incident.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol, contact Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa.org or Narcotics Anonymous http://georgianheartlandna.org
Narcotics Anonymous (Port Elgin) hosts ZOOM meetings on Tuesdays at 8pm
Meeting ID: 368 665 3783
Saugeen Shores Police Service responded to calls for service in April that generated 983 reports.
177 traffic enforcement/ traffic complaints
171 foot patrols
115 COVID related incidents
31 suspicious person/ vehicles
26 disputes (family/neighbour/landlord tenant)
25 911 hang-ups
23 mental Health calls
16 Bylaw related incidents
11 crosswalk/school zone enforcement incidents
16 mischiefs / property damage
15 motor vehicle related incidents / collisions
12 noise complaints
17 Trespass to Property Act
24 warrant related incidents
11 residential/business alarms
9 thefts/ shoplifting
9 ambulance assistance
8 person wellbeing checks
8 drug related
8 harassment / threats
7 animal complaints
6 impaired driving investigations
6 probation or release order breaches
4- Break and Enters
4 – Missing Person Investigations
2- Fire Department Assistance