Emerald-wearing enthusiasts encouraged to embrace “Don’t Drink and Drive” advice on St. Patrick’s Day

Emerald-wearing enthusiasts encouraged to embrace “Don’t Drink and Drive” advice on St. Patrick’s Day

he North Bay Police Service wishes residents of North Bay and Callander a happy St. Patrick’s Day and takes this opportunity to remind everybody to stay safe by making wise choices. Rather than drive, police recommend that motorists plan ahead to take a taxi, take a bus, or take a ride with a designated driver if they plan to drink during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend.

To help ensure that our roads are safe, the North Bay Police Service will be conducting R.I.D.E. stops this weekend.

What is impaired driving?

Impaired driving means operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada and the consequences are serious.

If convicted, you may:

  • lose your licence;
  • have your vehicle impounded;
  • need to pay an administrative monetary penalty;
  • need to attend an education or treatment program;
  • be fined;
  • be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle;
  • spend time in jail;
  • end up with a criminal record.

Ontario is a leader in combating impaired driving through some of the toughest laws and programs in North America.

For more information, visit: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml