OPP laid 346 impaired driving charges over the holiday season

More than 140 people ticketed for street racing or stunt driving

Not everyone is getting the message.

The Ontario Provincial Police laid 346 impaired driving charges during the holidays from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3.

“That’s a lot,” says OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Impaired driving charges are down year-over-year. Police say that is possibly due to the pandemic with fewer motorists on the road as a result of the provincial lockdown.

Provincial police also nabbed a number of drivers who apparently were in a hurry to get somewhere. Police ticketed 141 people for stunt driving or street racing.

“I don’t know where you’re going, or where you’re going in such a hurry,” says Schmidt. “Make better decisions and better choices if you are out on the roads. Understand that you are sharing the roads with people around you.”

Schmidt says the number of people they charged over the holidays for stunt driving or street racing is the equivalent of taking 10 vehicles off of the road every day.