Sarnia police report sharp increase in drunk driving

A Sarnia Police officer questions a motorist during a RIDE checkpoint stop. Glenn Ogilvie file photo

Journal Staff

Impaired driving offences are up in Sarnia – way up.

A recent Sarnia Police Service reported noted a “sharp rise” in the number of alcohol-related driving charges in 2021, to 76 from 50 the previous year.

That’s a year-over-year increase of 52%.

City police also laid 15 impaired-by-drug charges last year, down from 25 in 2020.

According to the February report, 17 RIDE checkpoints set up between November and January resulted in one impaired driving charge, two licence suspensions, and seven provincial offence notices. One person was charged with a liquor offence and 12 warnings issued under the Highway Traffic.