Member of Parliment Hurt In Collision – A Victim of “Hit and Run”

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During this festive season, there are still some driver’s who drink and drive and then place themselves behind a vehicle’s steering wheel and then begin to drive on our roads and highways. The O.P.P (Ontario Provincial Police) began their R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign on November 25, 2011 and this campaign will continue until January 1, 2012.

It is unfortunate that the number of motorists charged with impaired driving, so far this year, have far exceeded the number of motorists charged in 2010-2011. The numbers are expected to grow even larger before the R.I.D.E campaign ends on January 1, 2012.

As of December 20, 2011, 835 impaired drivers have been pulled over in OPP R.I.D.E. stops. Of this total, 455 drivers were charged with impaired driving and 380 were issued immediate Warn Range suspensions for having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08.

“Last year, 308 persons were charged with impaired driving over the entire 2010-2011 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign and it’s extremely disappointing to hear that 455 persons have been charged with impaired driving already, with almost two more weeks to go in the campaign”, says OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.

Bottles of wine, beer or alcohol combined with keys to a motor vehicle creates a recipe for unnecessary disaster

A member of Parliament who was “rammed” by an apparently intoxicated hit-and-run driver Friday night is using the incident to speak out against impaired driving. The MP had just celebrated her 30th birthday, a week before on December 23.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, said she suffered a minor back injury (soft tissue damage) while leaving her Scarborough home in the passenger seat of her friend’s car;  she made an appointment with her personal physican the next day.

As her friend pulled out of a parking lot, a driver who was “not in any condition to be operating a vehicle” approached.

With only one possible direction, the friend stopped the car, thinking the other driver would move.

“He stopped, stared my friend in the eye as if to say ‘move out of the way,’” Sitsabaiesan said. “He rammed through our car, pushed it out of way. Then he went back and forth on the road and the walkway.”

The man left the scene and continued driving.

“There were a lot of bystanders,” Sitsabaiesan said. “I was just afraid for other people.”

Police said the man has not been apprehended yet and that he may have been driving a rental car. They are not sure if alcohol was a factor.

As of Thursday, RIDE spot checks by the OPP’s highway safety and GTA division have resulted in 136 people being charged with impaired driving, along with 137 suspensions.

“What people should be understanding is the responsibility they have on the road. They’re taking people’s lives at stake,” Sitsabaiesan said.

2011 Festive RIDE Stats (11/25/11 – 12/29/11)

Region:

Central – 116 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
Central – 142 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

North West – 8 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
North West – 39 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

East – 80 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
East – 96 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

North East – 38 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
North East – 43 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

HSD – GTA – 137 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
HSD – GTA – 136 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

West – 118 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
West – 117 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

Total = 497 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
Total = 573 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

*CC – Criminal Code,  HTA – Highway Traffic Act, LLA – Liquor Licence Act – see source

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