Nunavut police denounce ‘plethora’ of impaired driving cases
Rankin Inlet’s circuit court saw 18 people up on impaired driving charges this week, say RCMP
Nunavut police are pointing to a “plethora” of impaired driving cases on this week’s court docket in Rankin Inlet as another reason to discourage drinking and driving in the territory.
The Nunavut Court of Justice is sitting in the Kivalliq community this week until Friday. Eighteen people appearing before the court face charges for impaired driving, Nunavut RCMP said in a Wednesday news release.
That includes one 29-year-old man who faced four different charges of impaired driving, police said.
The mandatory sentence for a first instance of impaired driving is a $1,000 fine and a one-year driving prohibition, the RCMP said.
“Of greater consequences in Canada, on average four people die every day and many more are injured in motor vehicle collisions involving alcohol and or drug use,” police said in the release.
“The RCMP would like to encourage people to keep reporting impaired drivers.”
It’s not clear if the number of charges on this week’s court docket indicates an increase in impaired driving in Rankin Inlet.
The Nunavut court had not held a sitting in the community since October, due to both COVID-19 restrictions and other administrative delays, resulting in more files than usual.
The court is also dealing with many assault cases this week: 64 charges of assault, 32 charges of assault with a weapon and three charges of aggravated assault.
People in Rankin Inlet can call their local RCMP detachment to report impaired driving or other crimes at 867-645-1111.
For help with alcohol addictions or substance abuse, call the Pulaarvik Kablu support line at 1-844-654-3580.