RCMP, MADD say 911 calls help catch impaired drivers
Police and members of the group Mothers Against Drunk Drivers are renewing their call to have more people call 911 to report drivers they suspect are impaired.
MADD Canada's 911 campaign is a Canada-wide campaign that encourages people to call 911 if they suspect someone of driving under the influence.
Deputy Police Chief Chris McNeil says Halifax police charge about 60 people with impaired driving each month, many thanks to the 911 campaign.
"It is encouraging that 35 per cent of our current calls to service and our current impaired driving charges are a result of citizens calling in complaints," McNeil said. "We are very grateful to those citizens who take great leadership in protecting their community."
RCMP Inspector Ray Oliver lost his sister to an impaired driver. He is asking Nova Scotians to act quickly if they see a drunk driver.
"If you see or if you believe a person is operating a motor vehicle - and I want to emphasize a motor vehicle because that includes ATV's, that includes boats on our waterways and vehicles on our roads and highways - please call 911," Oliver said.
MADD's Susan MacAskill celebrates the success of the 911 campaign. She wonders if her father would be alive today if the campaign was in place in 1993.
"I can't help but wonder if that program had been in effect if someone would have made that call before that driver who lived in Truro Heights got out as far as he did on the 104 and struck and hit my dad's car," she said.
Police say drivers don't need to worry about the cell phone ban, they are exempt when they call 911 from behind the wheel to report a drunk driver or other emergency situation.