Halifax area police charge 645 people with impaired driving in 2016

Police in the Halifax area charged 645 drivers with impaired-related offences last year.

In a joint news release, Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police say of those drivers, 599 were charged with impaired driving by alcohol and 46 with impaired driving by drugs.

In addition, over 35 percent of those charged were found to have blood alcohol levels of at least twice the legal limit.

Police say 374 people called 911 to report possible impaired driving, resulting in 241 drivers being charged.

Constable Dianne Penfound with the Halifax Regional Police says drivers continue to put themselves and other motorists at risk by driving while impaired, adding there's no excuse for making that choice.