SUMMERSIDE – The chair of the Summerside police services committee will be keeping the public informed of the number of impaired drivers convicted within the city each month.
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Councillor Tinan Mundy chairwoman Summerside police services committee
Councillor Tina Mundy said she received a request from a resident in her ward regarding the monthly police statistics released at each city council meeting.
“I had a resident contact me in regards to our police stats that we report every month and she is interested in the interlock safety program,” Mundy said. “She wanted to know if we could include in our report how many of those were installed during the month.”
The police committee chairwoman said the Prince Edward Island Ignition Interlock Program (IIP) is a mandatory requirement for the reinstatement of a driver's license after a drinking and driving conviction.
“That is a program where impaired drivers have a device that they put into their car’s ignition and have to blow into it before their car is allowed to start” she said. “The chief reached out to the Department of Highway Safety for us and basically, it is every impaired charge. From now on when I give the police report, I will include the number of impaired driving offenses and you can rest assured that the ignition interlock safety is a mandatory thing that will be installed for all of these charges.”
With the IIP, before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device. If the recorded blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the pre-set limit, the vehicle will not start. Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires random breath samples at pre-set times. If a breath sample is not provided or if the BAC exceeds the limit the device will issue a warning, record the event, and activate specific alarm systems such as alarm activated, horn honking, and so on until the ignition is turned off.