Editorial: What will it take?
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:43
-by Bill Dunphy
In the second quarter of 2017, from July 1st to September 30th, Nova Scotia RCMP responded to 86 collisions involving serious injuries and 11 resulting in fatalities. As well, the RCMP charged 270 drivers with impaired-related offences, including: 231 charges of impaired driving by alcohol, five charges of impaired driving by drug, and 34 with refusal. On top of that, 133 drivers were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol.
That’s three Nova Scotians every day who were tagged with a fine ranging between $600 and $2,000, the loss of their licence for a year, mandatory assessment by Addiction Services ($450 your cost), licence reinstatement fee ($124), possible re-take of your driver’s tests, possible enrolment in the ignition interlock program if your assessment unveils drug or alcohol dependency, and on top of all that, a criminal record to boot. And for the ‘lucky’ 133 others who were caught with a blood-alcohol content lower than .08, they got off with a 24-hour suspension of their licence.