Late night traffic stop unveils alcohol-impaired driver traveling on the wrong side of Road
KENORA – In the early hours of October 15, 2023, officers from the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were prompt in addressing a potential danger on the roads of the City of Kenora. At approximately 1:15 a.m., a motor vehicle was spotted traveling on the wrong side of Amethyst Street, prompting the officers to conduct a traffic stop.
The ensuing investigation brought to light that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The individual was promptly arrested and taken to the Kenora OPP Detachment for further evaluation to ascertain the level of impairment.
The accused, identified as Garnet Landon, a 59-year-old resident of Shoal Lake First Nation, now faces charges under the Criminal Code, which include:
- Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)
- Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs
Following the charges, Landon has been released from custody and is slated to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on November 16, 2023.
Understanding The Charges
The charges laid are in line with Canada’s Criminal Code, which outlines the legal framework surrounding impaired driving:
- Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus): The charge is levelled against individuals found operating a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood or above. Convictions could lead to a minimum fine of $1,000 for first offenders, with more severe penalties for subsequent offences.
- Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs: Individuals found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also face a minimum fine of $1,000 for the first offence, with the possibility of imprisonment for subsequent offences.
The Kenora OPP remains steadfast in its mission to eradicate alcohol and drug-impaired driving through rigorous enforcement and public education initiatives. The authorities emphasize the crucial role the public plays in reporting suspected impaired drivers. Should you suspect someone of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it’s imperative to call 9-1-1 and report it to ensure the safety and well-being of all road users.