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2013-12-31 at NOON

On duty

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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Despite the cold temperatures police will be turning the heat up on suspected drunk drivers.

Thunder Bay Police Service traffic Sgt. Glen Porter said New Year's Eve is a busy time for police. But they have a lot of officers out to make sure the roads are safe.

Police are asking people to have a designated driver, call a cab, take the bus or stay at a friend's house instead of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. The alternative is a suspended license, a fine and even jail time.

"It's a very expensive proposition," Porter said.

And lest people think RIDE programs, which Porter said to expect anywhere and everywhere even with the brutal temperatures, are only on city roads the OPP will be out in full force throughout the Thunder Bay area. Spokeswoman Diana Cole said she wants to thank the public in advance for staying safe.

"Make the right decision," she said.

Police ask that if you see someone drinking and driving to call 911 right away.

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ring of fire dude says:
The Police should worry about the junkies and "known" criminals who will be going wild tonight . Past statistics have shown that impaired driving on New Years Eve is practically non-existent in ThunderBay .
12/31/2013 1:39:20 PM
tsb says:
You want to put criminals in jail, but as soon as we say "don't let people put others in danger!", you cry nanny state.

Isn't that what criminals do? Put us in danger?
12/31/2013 9:33:15 PM
North18 says:
Ya Ring of fire dude, that's because the police always have a RIDE program going on New Years. If people know there is going to be one out there, chances are they will not drive. Common sense.
12/31/2013 6:27:24 PM
Arch Stanton says:
Clearly some people will have too much to drink and have accidents - that is understandable.

The ones we should really throw the book at is those who have accidents while STONE COLD SOBER!!! They have no excuse at all!!!
12/31/2013 7:41:44 PM
mystified says:
Happy New Year to the world.

I for one is glad that the police are out there looking for impaired drivers. As one says (impaired driving on New Years Eve is practically non-existent in ThunderBay), practically doesn't cut it, it should be non-existent. And another says,(The ones we should really throw the book at is those who have accidents while STONE COLD SOBER!!! They have no excuse at all!!!) impaired isn't an excuse, it's poor judgement.
Impaired driving impacts your life forever and even more so if you kill or cripple someone because you made a bad decision to drive.

1/1/2014 10:36:30 AM
trevor99 says:
whew-- I can't tell you how worried I was thinking that our incredibly well paid, with fantastic pensions, and fantastic benefit cops might not be e out on New Years to keep us safe.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Just for that, I think we should give them a raise.

Oh wait that is happening isn't it.

In keeping with the fiscal responsibility set by this council and board Chair Joe Virdiramo, the Thunder Bay Police employees are holding the line and are only taking 3.1% for 2014 and the budget is only going up about 4%.

What a great bunch of people they are.

Thanks TBT for letting me know they are doing the job they are paid to do.

Now that is truly news.
1/2/2014 5:49:20 PM
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