159 drivers charged with impaired related offences in Nova Scotia last month

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The Nova Scotia RCMP says 159 drivers have been charged for driving impaired by drugs or alcohol in Nova Scotia in August.

A release states 87 drivers were charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance by Alcohol, while four were charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance by Drug.

45 driving suspensions for Operating a Conveyance While Having Consumed Alcohol were issued.

In Nova Scotia, there are approximately 250 RCMP members with training related to drug-impaired driving, 33 of whom are Drug Recognition Experts (DREs).

Failure or refusal to comply with a demand made by a peace officer for a sample for testing sobriety can result in criminal charges that have the same penalties as impaired driving.

23 drivers were charged with Refusal of a Demand Made by a Peace Officer.

There are a range of fines and periods of driving prohibition for those convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.