Hamilton police made three drunk driving arrests during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day patrol, marking the end to a year with a high number of impaired driving arrests.
"We haven't compiled all our data yet, but we're looking at a 15-year high in the number of impaired driving arrests we've made in 2012," Catherine Martin, spokesperson for Hamilton Police Service, said.
Though the New Year's arrests were relatively low, "it's still three too many," she said.
Police arrested three drivers, two of which ran into buildings with their vehicles. One, a 49-year-old man who stole a car, was later caught driving while impaired after he was seen running into a building. Another, a 30-year-old Hamilton woman drove into the front of a pizza shop on Upper James Street, near Hester Street, police say.
All three drivers blew over 80 mg in breathalyzer tests. Anyone charged with 80 milligrams over immediately has their driver’s license suspended for 90 days and their vehicle impounded for one week.
On New Year's Eve, police conducted RIDE checks with more than 1,900 vehicles.