BY CLAIRE CUDAHY
Alcohol-related offenses have been an area of concern within the Municipality of Red Lake over the years, and 2014 is no exception.
The Red Lake Detachment 2014 Year-End Report revealed that impaired driving charges have not gone down over the period of 2010 to 2014, Liquor License Act offenses account for the highest number of offenses by a long shot, and roughly a third of lock-ups are due to intoxication.
In 2010, 16 impaired driving charges were laid, followed by 28 in 2011, 26 in 2012, 26 in 2013, and 27 in 2014.
“In contrast to other communities our size, impaired driving is a big factor here,” said Staff Sgt. Shaun Crabbe at a council meeting on April 20 where he presented the report. “It’s unusual to have the high number of impaired drivers here—and it’s not only by alcohol, it’s by drugs as well.”
“It is an issue and we are very active…in enforcing that,” added Crabbe, referencing the R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program as a preventative measure.
Liquor License Act offenses have also remained high within the municipality during the same time period of 2010 to 2014, though they saw a slight dip in the last year.
In 2010, there were 445 Liquor License Act offenses, followed by 511 in 2011, 539 in 2012, 474 in 2013, and 429 in 2014.
Consequently, of the 1,550 lock-ups in Red Lake within 2014, 550 were due to intoxication.
Other areas of the report highlighted encouraging downward trends from 2010 to 2014, such as a decrease in sexual assault, assault, theft under $5,000, mischief, and break and enter.
The full Red Lake Detachment 2014 Year-End Report can be found at www.redlake.ca.