Seven county residents charged with impaired driving during weekend checkpoints

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - The message from a bottle of alcohol should be crystal clear to motorists, says a sergeant with the Colchester County RCMP.
"If you're having a few drinks, call a friend, call a cab - don't drink and drive," Al Affleck said Monday.
Colchester County RCMP and the North East Nova Traffic Services charged seven people with impaired driving during the weekend. Of the seven, six came during checkpoints along Belmont Road, Main Street, Bible Hill and East Prince Street in Salmon River. Five of the drivers were charged between 10 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday.
"The fact that so many of these people arrested actually saw the RCMP were conducting checkpoints and felt they were not impaired is disturbing," Affleck told the Truro Daily News.
"They must, in their mind, feel like they are OK to drive."
Some of the drivers were well over the legal alcohol limit of .08 with motorists blowing between .11 and .18.
"You have to drink quite a bit of alcohol to get up that high," Affleck said.
Colchester County Mounties traditionally pick up an impaired driver or two per weekend. Through community meetings in 2009, the force heard road safety and police visibility were two concerns for residents.
It has since tried to increase the number of checkpoints it holds when calls for service allow.
Affleck said people have to be conscious and make good clear decisions before going out drinking.
"The mindset should be I am going out to drink tonight, I am not going to drive at all," he said.
"The mindset should not be I am going to the bar to have a few drinks, I know how much I can drink and still drive."
Those charged are all Colchester County residents. There is one female and six males and they were born between 1969 and 1989. They will be appearing in Truro provincial court in early April to enter pleas to the charges.
The police also issued two warnings where motorists blew under .08.

Organizations: RCMP, North East Nova Traffic Services, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Belmont Road, East Prince Street, Salmon River Colchester County Truro

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  • Ruby
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    This could off saved many lives.
    All shouldd think about this very hard !
    Would you want to risk hurting someone or worse?

  • Charininator
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Thank You