Five face drunk driving charges after long-weekend traffic blitz

Hamilton police made five impaired driving arrests during their long-weekend traffic blitz.

Hamilton police made five impaired driving arrests during their long-weekend traffic blitz. 

According to police spokesperson Claus Wagner, four drivers had blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, while one driver was charged with refusing to give a breath sample.

Two additional drivers landed three-day licence suspensions after they were found to have blood alcohol levels in the warn range. 

Police also issued 386 speeding tickets, 20 distracted driving citations and 89 tickets for aggressive driving.

Wagner said the number of speeding tickets “is probably consistent from year to year.”

As part of its Thanksgiving traffic blitz, Hamilton police participated in the Ontario Provincial Police’s Operation: Impact. The campaign was targeted at ensuring car occupants buckle their seatbelts. 

Hamilton officers only seatbelt tickets to nine people over the weekend, which, Wagner said, shows that “people have got the message” about the need to buckle up.

“The average person does not get in the car without a seatbelt on anymore.”

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