Bruce Grey OPP Report: Driver Charged After Refusing Breath Demand

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Media Release

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN CRIMINAL CODE CHARGE

 (SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On December 11, 2019 at 9:38 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a person operating a (red) All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) at McNaughton Street, South Bruce Peninsula. The driver admitted to alcohol consumption but refused to provide a breath sample for an approved roadside screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton.  

A 39 year old from South Bruce Peninsula has been charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand, section 320.15(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released on a promise to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on January 2, 2020.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey Bruce OPP with this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

You can expect an increased presence of RIDE programs throughout the Grey Bruce OPP detachment area over the next month.

4 MORE DRIVERS CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Over the past week Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged 4 more drivers with impaired driving in Grey Bruce detachment patrol area. Two of the occurrences included motor vehicle being involved in single vehicle collisions.

The 4 occurrences occurred in the following municipalities, two occurrences in Grey Highlands, one occurrence in South Bruce Peninsula and the fourth occurred in Georgian Bluffs.

In April of this year, Grey Bruce OPP reported a 50 percent increase of drivers charged with impaired driving throughout the detachment area, from the previous year.  In September an 81 percent increase was reported and now the numbers to date, compared to same time frame last year, show a 97 percent increase. From January 1, 2019 to September 19, 2019 Grey Bruce OPP officers have charged 132 drivers with impaired driving. In 2018, for the same time period, 67 drivers were charged with the same offence.

“It is the responsibility of every driver to drive sober. We are entering the holiday season, a time when people attend work parties and house gatherings to celebrate the season. Grey Bruce OPP are committed to public safety on our highways. You can expect an increased presence of RIDE programs throughout the Grey Bruce OPP detachment area over the next month. If you are hosting a party or gathering, be responsible and arrange for sober drivers or a safe way home for your guests.”

Inspector Martin Murray, Grey Bruce OPP Detachment

CONVENIENTLY REPORT MINOR CRIMES ONLINE

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) invite citizens to consider using Online Reporting – a secure, simple and convenient tool to report minor crimes. 

In 2018, the OPP Provincial Communications Centres (PCC) received over two million 9-1-1, non-emergency and administrative calls. Of these, officers were dispatched to approximately 1.05 million occurrences. An increased use of Online Reporting will allow our frontline officers to focus efforts on urgent calls and crime prevention strategies within our communities.   

Crimes that are eligible for Online Reporting are occurrences that include:

-Theft Under $5000;

-Mischief / Damage to Property Under $5000;

-Mischief / Damage to Vehicle Under $5000;

-Theft from Vehicle;

-Lost / Missing Property Under $5000;

-Stolen License Plates; and

-Driving Complaints (after the occurrence)

Online Reporting is a user friendly process that can be completed from any mobile device, laptop, tablet or computer with internet access. To access the system, a user can go to opp.ca/reporting, choose their location and click on Start a Report. This will take the user to a secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill out the report.

“The Ontario Provincial Police continually strives to improve efficiency in processes and service delivery, including effectively using technology to better serve the public. By using Online Reporting to report minor crimes, such as thefts, minor damage to property and vehicles and graffiti, you are increasing the availability of officers and communications operators for the most urgent calls.”

Chris Harkins, OPP Deputy Commissioner

OPP LAUNCHES SEASONAL FESTIVE RIDE CAMPAIGN

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) works all year to keep Ontario roads safe from impaired drivers, and is making it a particular focus during its Festive RIDE campaign that officially begins this weekend.

Police services across the province take part in holiday RIDE programs aimed at taking alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off our roads.

Thanks to new impaired driving laws phased in last year, the OPP is heading into the seasonal campaign with enhanced tools and authorities. Under the new law, police officers in possession of an approved screening device who lawfully pull over a driver in a RIDE initiative (or through any other lawful traffic stop) can now demand a breath sample without having reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body.  

The OPP has also acquired approved drug screening equipment which can detect cannabis and cocaine in a driver’s saliva. The device can be used to enforce the provincial “zero tolerance” sanctions that now apply to young, novice and commercial drivers who are suspected of having the presence of drugs in their body. 

Motorists are reminded that officers can demand a driver to submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Evaluation. SFST-trained officers and DREs have the expertise to detect impairment by alcohol, drugs or both in a driver.

Motorists are also reminded that RIDE checks happen throughout the year, not just the festive season.

“Whether a driver is impaired by alcohol, drugs or both, impaired is impaired – any time of year. Our frontline officers have never been more prepared than they are now to remove these dangerous drivers from our roads.”  – Thomas Carrique, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner

“With festive parties and holiday gatherings just around the corner, plan ahead and don’t drive impaired. It is a serious criminal offence to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and police officers across Ontario have the tools to detect impaired drivers. Please drive responsibly to help keep our roadways safe this holiday season.” — Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General 

Drivers and passengers are reminded to adhere to strictly-enforced laws that address transportation of cannabis in motor vehicles.

QUICK FACTS

Every day, on average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured in impairment-related crashes.

•In 2018, 56 people were killed in alcohol/drug-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

•Close to 600 people have died on OPP-patrolled roads in the past ten years in collisions that involved an alcohol or drug-impaired driver. 

•Every day, on average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured in impairment-related crashes.

The OPP Festive RIDE Campaign runs from November 23, 2019 to January 2, 2020.