Throughout the early morning hours of 18 May 2014, St. Thomas Police officers arrested six (6) adult individuals (2 females, 4 males) for ‘being intoxicated in a public place’ contrary to the Liquor Licence Act. The arrests stemmed from a disturbance in the downtown core. All six individuals were transported to the station and held until there were no longer safety concerns for their well-being. One of the males arrested was found to be in possession of marijuana and was processed and later released on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charge accordingly. All other individuals were released with Provincial Offence Notices for the Liquor Licence Act infractions.
On 18 May 2014 at 2:45am, the St. Thomas Police arrested and charged a 22 year old female for ‘having over 80 milligrams of alcohol in her blood while operating a motor vehicle’. The female was stopped driving her vehicle the wrong way on Curtis Street. The officer suspected alcohol impairment and conducted a roadside screen. The female driver failed the roadside screening test and was subsequently processed on the grounds that her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over the limit. Once at the station, the female provided breath samples confirming her BAC was in fact over the legal limit. The female was later released with a future court date.
Road Safety Awareness
On Sunday May 18, 2014, and Monday May 19, 2014, St. Thomas Police officers will be increasing their focus on vulnerable road users. This effort is consistent with National Road Safety Week awareness strategies as developed through the Canada Safety Council. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists make up a disproportionate amount of traffic collisions and deaths, most of which are entirely avoidable. Responsibility lies with both the vulnerable road user and the motorist in ensuring their mutual safety. Vulnerable road users should be aware of their surroundings at all times, taking extra care to follow the rules of the road. Pedestrians should cross the road only at designated crosswalks and intersections only when the way is clear.
Responsibility also falls on drivers and their reactions. One recurring problem is distracted driving, specifically as it relates to smartphone use and texting. Vulnerable road users are already hard to see, but a divided attention span from the driver only amplifies the problem and shaves seconds off the driver’s reaction time. Drivers caught using their cellphones while operating a motor vehicle on any highway could face a Highway Traffic Act fine.
Whether you’re a driver, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, a cyclist or any other kind of road user, share the road. It may help save your life.