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Drunk-driving charges worry Mounties

Halifax RCMP charged four more people with impaired driving this past weekend, capping February’s impaired-driving charges at 17.

According to police spokeswoman Const. Tamu Bracken, the four-week total is cause for concern.

“It’s definitely worrisome,” she said. “We really want people to start using alternative modes of transportation when they know that they’re going to be out drinking.”

One charge was the result of a routine traffic stop in Whites Lake early Saturday morning. Police say the driver was determined to be impaired, and refused to take a breathalyzer test. RCMP also found 500 illegal cigarettes in the vehicle.

Police received reports of another impaired driver leaving Dooley’s bar in Bedford late last night. When officers pulled the suspect over, he allegedly resisted arrest and was taken into custody. No officers were injured in the incident.

Bracken said the RCMP will continue to aggressively target drunk driving.

“The RCMP are always out there,” she said. “We’re continuing to do our checkpoints, and we’re continuing to encourage the public to call 911 if they suspect they see an impaired driver.”

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