It’s not a common practice for police, but as part of the 2013 Festive RIDE campaign, Niagara Regional Police will start publishing the names of drivers who are charged with an impaired driving offence.
Those offences include:
Operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft while impaired.
Operation of a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft with over 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
Operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft while impaired causing bodily harm or death.
Operation of a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft with over 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood causing bodily harm or death.
Refusal to provide a breath sample into an approved screening device.
Refusal to provide a breath sample to a qualified breath technician.
Niagara Police say the move is a proactive step to reduce the frequency and occurrence of impaired driving.
The service adds that it considers the action to be a positive step to discourage anyone from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs.
NRPS says the publishing of the names of individuals charged with an offence is in keeping with the Freedom of Information Act as the information forms a public record. The Charter of Rights and Freedom affirms protection for the presumption of innocence. The release of the names of those charged is not meant to undermine this principle, it is intended to raise awareness to the important issue of, and the dangers posed by, those who continue to make the decision to drive while impaired.