Last weekend, officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have taken four drivers off the road for alcohol-related offences.
On November 20, 2022, at approximately 2:54 a.m., officers responded to a traffic complaint on The Gore Road, approaching Old Church Road in the Town of Caledon. The vehicle was described as being operated in an unsafe manner. Officers located and stopped the vehicle. During the investigation, officers formed grounds that the driver’s abilities were impaired. The driver was subsequently arrested for impaired operation and transported to the Caledon OPP Detachment where breath tests were conducted.
Navpreet SINGH, 20, of Brampton, was charged with:
• Operation while impaired – alcohol
• Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
• Disobey stop sign – fail to stop
• Driver fail to surrender licence
In the same morning, at approximately 7:58 a.m., Caledon OPP responded to a report of a suspicious person. The complainant reported a vehicle parked in their driveway at a residence on Airport Road. Officers attended the residence, spoke to the driver, and suspected that the driver’s abilities were impaired. A breath sample into an Approved Screening Device (ASD) was requested. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested.
Opeta OKOTO, 33, of East York, was charged with:
• Refusal to comply with demand
The two vehicles from the two incidents were impounded for a period of seven days, and the driver’s licences were suspended for 90 days. The two accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on February 2, 2023, to answer to the charges.
Caledon OPP has also conducted a number of R.I.D.E. spot checks through the weekend. On November 18, 2022, a 35-year-old from Caledon and a 20-year-old from Brampton were both issued a three-day licence suspension as part of their penalty for registering a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the “Warn Range, which is between 0.05 and 0.079.
More information on the consequences of impaired driving is available at: https://www.ontario.ca/
The Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign is an annual police enforcement and education initiative aimed at taking impaired drivers off Ontario roads during the holiday season. Ontario citizens are reminded to do their part during the campaign by never driving after consuming alcohol or drugs and never letting anyone else drive if you know or suspect that they have consumed either.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the need to make those alternate arrangements will increase. In Caledon, Home James offers a FREE designated driver service. The program runs from November 25 to December 31, every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (excluding December 24). More information is available at: https://www.homejames-