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Saint John City Police Ready for the Labour Day Weekend

Wed August 28, 2019

You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!

That is the message being echoed by Saint John City Police as the force is gearing up for Labour Day Weekend.

“The final Long Weekend of summer means lots of celebrations that can involve alcohol or cannabis and if it does, leave your vehicle, stay with a friend or take a cab," says Sergeant Mike McCaig, Head of the Traffic Division.

During the 2018 Labour Day Weekend, Saint John City Police arrested and charged 4 motorists with drinking and driving.

“There are so many alternatives before getting behind the wheel if you are having a few drinks or using cannabis,” adds McCaig. “It is simply not worth risking yours or another life, the public humiliation and or losing your job, just to name a few of the implications,” says McCaig.  

President of the Saint John Chapter of MADD Gina Hooley says, “Driving is a privilege not a right. Impaired driving crashes are not accidents but the direct result of an individual’s conscious decision to drive after drinking or consuming drugs.”

“A balanced program of public awareness, progressive legislation, rigorous enforcement and meaningful sanctions is essential to eliminating impaired driving,” adds Hooley. “If you see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1,” says Hooley.

As of August-26-2019, Saint John City Police have arrested and charged 78 motorists with drinking and driving. That is 4 more than the same time in 2018.

To speak more on this topic or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force