Local police have laid charges against four drivers in four separate impaired driving investigations between Nov. 18 and 20 in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains.
Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police held seven RIDE checks within the detachment during the first weekend of the annual Festive RIDE campaign.
In addition to the RIDE checks, police charged four drivers in four separate incidents this weekend.
On Nov. 18, OPP responded to a traffic complaint about a driver on Highway 26 in Collingwood. The complaint alleged a driver nearly caused a head-on collision. Police say they located the vehicle in question at Arrowhead Road in The Blue Mountains, and found the driver in possession of an open container of alcohol. A 58-year-old Whitby man was charged with driving while impaired over-80 blood-alcohol content, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
The next day, Nov. 19, Huronia West OPP stopped a vehicle on Grey Road 19 in The Blue Mountains for a traffic violation and reported the driver was found to have been consuming alcohol. OPP arrested the 28-year-old man from The Blue Mountains and charged him with driving while impaired over-80 blood alcohol content.
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 20, local OPP were called to a collision in an underground parking lot at Blue Mountain Resort. Police found a male driver impaired by alcohol and arrested him after determining he had twice the legal limit of blood alcohol levels permitted for driving. The 45-year-old Clearview man was arrested and charged with operation while impaired by alcohol and drug.
Also on Nov. 20, OPP stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Hurontario St. in Collingwood and found the female driver had been drinking alcohol. Police reported an investigation revealed she too had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood permitted for driving. The 31-year-old woman from Collingwood was arrested and charged with driving while impaired over-80 blood alcohol content.
All four of the people who were arrested were also given a 90-day licence suspension and their vehicles were impounded for seven days. None of the charges have been proven in court.
If you suspect someone of driving while impaired, you can call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call 911 to report it.