Alcohol sits in a glass next to keys as police lights shine through a window.

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Hamilton police are imploring the public to drive sober after three people were charged with impaired driving and a fourth got a short licence suspension following accidents in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Hamilton police charged a 24-year-old Stoney Creek woman with impaired driving after they responded to a single vehicle crash in the Barton Street East and Parkdale Avenue North area at around midnight Thursday morning.

A 22-year-old Millgrove man was charged around 1 a.m. after a 911 call about a single vehicle crash that shattered a telephone pole in the Centre Road and Northlawn Avenue area of Flamborough.

At 3:15 a.m., witnesses called police about a driver suspected to be drunk. The driver was travelling northbound on Augusta Street when his vehicle hit a taxi cab at the intersection of John and Hunter Streets and damaged the traffic lights on John.

Police charged a 34-year-old Stoney Creek man with impaired driving and failing to stop.

The diver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The cab driver was not injured.

At 4:30 a.m., police responded to a crash where a vehicle hit a hydro pole in the King Street West and Paisley Street area. The male driver was charged with careless driving and given a three-day licence suspension for having an alcohol blood level of over 50 milligrams, but less than 80 (which would have resulted in an impaired driving charge).

Hamilton police continue to focus on curbing impaired driving and have increased their RIDE lanes throughout the holiday season. They have so far stopped 215,134 vehicles this year to check for drunk drivers.

“Our message is simple: drive sober,” said traffic officer Const. Claus Wagner.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator