It’s difficult to say why the incidence of impaired driving charges laid by Timmins Police has gone up.
So far this year, that number is 16. That’s up from 13 in the same period last year, and eleven the year before.
What’s even more puzzling, says communications coordinator Marc Depatie, is the lack of commonality in terms of age, location and gender.
“There is no identifiable group that we should be focusing on,” he notes. “We have persons of senior age and we’re got your younger demographic.”
Apart from the risk to you and other people, a first time conviction means a fine between $500.00 and $1,000.00
“As well,” Depatie adds, “you have your driver’s licence suspensions that come into play for any conviction for impaired driving, or failing to provide a breath sample.”
For full details on this, listen to our interview with Marc Depatie.