Thunder Bay OPP Arrest Storm Fawcett of Lake Helen FN for Impaired Operation in Shuniah

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R.I.D.E Program Leads to Arrest

(SHUNIAH, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Thunder Bay has arrested Storm Fawcett, 22, from Lake Helen First Nation, for impaired operation. The arrest, made on December 22, 2023, during a R.I.D.E program in Shuniah, resulted from Fawcett’s suspicious behavior while driving a pick-up truck.

Charges Against Storm Fawcett

Fawcett faces two Criminal Code charges: Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus). The potential penalties for these offenses range from mandatory fines to driving prohibitions, and, in severe cases, imprisonment.

As Fawcett awaits a court appearance on February 20, 2024, the OPP continues to prioritize road safety and impaired driving prevention.

Tips to Prevent Impaired Driving

In support of these efforts, MADD Canada offers several tips to avoid impaired driving:

  1. Plan Ahead: Always arrange for a designated driver or use public transportation or a taxi if you plan to consume alcohol or drugs.
  2. Stay Informed: Understand the effects of alcohol and drugs on your ability to drive.
  3. Host Responsibility: If hosting a party, provide non-alcoholic drinks and monitor guests’ alcohol intake.
  4. Speak Up: If you see someone attempting to drive while impaired, discourage them and offer alternatives.
  5. Community Involvement: Engage in community programs and initiatives that promote sober driving.

These tips from MADD Canada emphasize the importance of individual and community responsibility in ensuring safe roads for everyone.

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