Police & the Community


Were You Driving Last Night in the City of Barrie?

Were You Driving Last Night in the City of Barrie?
December 21st, 2018 - Police & the Community

The question posed by the Barrie Police Service is very simple, but last night in a span of just under four hours, five drivers made the wrong choice and got behind the wheel of their motor vehicle and chose to drive after they had been consuming alcohol.

Last night, between 6:22 p.m. and 10:18 p.m., four males and 1 female driver discovered that Barrie Police are out on city streets ensuring that they are free of impaired drivers as they removed them and their motor vehicles from the road. In fact, one driver was almost five times over the legal limit and one of the drivers was arrested after failing a roadside screening test during a R.I.D.E. spot check.

“This type of behaviour is totally preventable and with the recent changes in the laws associated with impaired operation and the numerous options available to motorists who choose to consume alcohol and recreational cannabis, these results are beyond acceptable. I commend our officers for their commitment to road and traffic safety; it is their efforts that are making a difference and are helping to save lives every day of the year and not just during the holiday season” says Barrie Police Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill.

The safety of all those on City of Barrie streets is a priority of the Barrie Police Service and with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations just around the corner, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to make sure that no one gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. If you have not yet taken the time to plan out your travels and how you will get home should you wish to consume alcohol, now is the time to do so. If you don’t, you could be the next driver that we arrest.

Prepared by: Peter Leon
                     Corporate Communications Coordinator