Police charge five with impaired driving over course of four hours

Barrie police report that five drivers, over the span of four hours, were hit with impaired driving charges Thursday night.
Last night, between 6:22 p.m. and 10:18 p.m., five drivers, four males and one female, discovered that Barrie police are out on city streets ensuring they are free of impaired drivers, as they removed them and their motor vehicles from the road.
In fact, police say, one driver was almost five times over the legal limit and one of the drivers was arrested after failing a roadside screening test during a R.I.D.E. spot check.
“This type of behaviour is totally preventable and with the recent changes in the laws associated with impaired operation and the numerous options available to motorists who choose to consume alcohol and recreational cannabis, these results are beyond acceptable,” says Barrie Police Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill.
“I commend our officers for their commitment to road and traffic safety; it is their efforts that are making a difference and are helping to save lives every day of the year and not just during the holiday season.”
The safety of all those on City of Barrie streets is a priority of the Barrie Police Service and with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations just around the corner, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to make sure that no one gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, police say.
“If you have not yet taken the time to plan out your travels and how you will get home should you wish to consume alcohol, now is the time to do so. If you don’t, you could be the next driver that we arrest.”