KAWARTHA LAKES – As impaired driving charges increases in the Kawartha Lakes, traffic enforcement will be focusing on keeping impaired drivers off of the road for the month of December.
According to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, during 2020 officials have issued 44 criminal charges for impaired driving related offences.
Police say on December 1, 2020 a Kawartha Lakes Police Service Constable stopped a vehicle travelling on Lindsay Street, South. The officer determined the driver, Jennifer Alyssa Donnelly, 33, of Lindsay was impaired, and placed her under arrest according to police. Allegedly, Donnelly has been charged with operation while impaired with alcohol and drugs, failure or refusal to comply with a breath demand and operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.
According to police, another incident occurred on December 1 , after a tow truck operator contacted the Kawartha Lakes Police Service after he became concerned the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision was impaired by alcohol. Police say the investigating officer determined the driver, Matthew Zaluski, 29, of Peterborough was impaired, and placed him under arrest. He was charged with operation while impaired with alcohol and drugs, police say. He allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration of 80 plus.
Both accused drivers will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, Lindsay, on February 4, 2021.
Throughout the month of December, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service’s focus for traffic enforcement will be to target drivers who are impaired by drugs, and or alcohol. Numerous Holiday Season RIDE shifts are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Police are urging the public to remember that road safety is a responsibility we all share. The Kawartha Lakes Police Service encourage everyone to plan ahead by arranging for a designated driver, use public transit or a taxi service.