Of the 16 drivers charged, police say that 11 registered blood alcohol readings of more than twice the legal limit. A total of four drivers, meanwhile, had blood alcohol readings in excess of .300 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, which is nearly four times the legal limit.
“Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message,” police said in a press release issued Tuesday. “Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.”
Five of the weekend arrests resulted from collisions while seven were made by officers on patrol or those participating in R.I.D.E. spot checks. Another four were made after members of the public called police to report a suspected impaired driver.