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October 2023 Traffic Roundup for the Maritimes – Nova Scotia

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This is the traffic roundup for Nova Scotia. If you want to see the other Maritime provinces click on the image links below.

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Halifax Region Traffic Reports

Halifax Traffic Incident

Halifax Regional Police release impaired driving statistics for September

Halifax Regional Police charged 34 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of September.

Of the 34 drivers, 21 were charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by alcohol, five was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by a drug and eight drivers were issued a driving suspension for operating a conveyance while having consumed alcohol. Of the drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect a wide range of blood alcohol concentrations (80 to 230 mg %) with eight drivers being at least twice the legal limit. Three of the drivers refused to provide a breath sample and were charged with the offence of refusal.

Of the 34 drivers, 18 calls were received from people who suspected impaired driving. We thank the public for reporting suspected impaired drivers and encourage anyone to call 911 immediately if they suspect someone is driving impaired.


Halifax Region Traffic Conditions

Truro Area Traffic Conditions

Other Traffic News From Around Nova Scotia

RCMP Traffic Reports From Around Nova Scotia

Operation Impact: RCMP to increase traffic enforcement on Thanksgiving weekend

Over Thanksgiving weekend, October 6 – 9, Nova Scotia RCMP will join police forces across Canada to increase traffic enforcement as part of Operation Impact, an annual initiative to increase road safety.

The goal of Operation Impact is to minimize injuries and save lives by promoting safe driving and reducing the four most significant factors causing serious and fatal collisions: impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and not wearing a seatbelt or wearing one incorrectly. Checkpoints will be set up in different locations with the goal of protecting road users by removing impaired drivers from roadways and ensuring compliance with safe driving practices. During Operation Impact, Nova Scotia RCMP will increase targeted enforcement throughout the province.

Police tend to see an increase in traffic during long weekends and Nova Scotia RCMP asks motorists to plan ahead to ensure everyone arrives safely to Thanksgiving celebrations. If you see a driver who is an immediate threat to road safety, call 911 and pass the following information along, if possible:

  • A description of the vehicle and driver
  • A licence plate number
  • The direction the vehicle is travelling

Operation Impact is led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.


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Halifax District RCMP is asking the public for assistance to help identify the driver of a blue Toyota Echo involved in a hit-and-run collision on Hwy. 102 near Miller Lake on October 28.

Halifax District RCMP is asking the public for assistance to help identify the driver of a blue Toyota Echo involved in a hit-and-run collision on Hwy. 102 near Miller Lake on October 28.

At approximately 9:10 a.m., Halifax District RCMP received a report of a blue Toyota Echo, Nova Scotia licence plate GYT158, that was travelling at an excessive speed and went through a red light on Windmill Rd. in Dartmouth. At approximately 9:20 a.m., officers received a second report that the same vehicle was travelling outbound in the inbound lanes on Hwy 118.

Shortly after, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Halifax District RCMP responded to a head-on collision on Hwy 102 near Miller Lake. The blue Toyota Echo was observed driving outbound in the inbound lanes when it collided with a Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Toyota Echo then fled into the woods. Officers believe the driver may have been impaired. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler, a 38-year-old woman, and one passenger, a 33-year-old woman, both of Truro, had minor injuries. The third occupant, a 60-year-old woman from Bible Hill had serious injuries.

Hwy 102 inbound near Miller Lake was closed for several hours to allow for a Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist to examine the scene. Officers with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) searched for the driver but were unable to locate them. Fire, EHS and the Department of Transportation assisted RCMP members at the scene and with first aid and traffic control. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to the identity of the driver of the Toyota Echo or with photo/video footage of the Toyota Echo leading up to or at the time of the collision is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

File #: 2023-131913


As Nova Scotia’s Provincial Police, road safety is a top priority. In an effort to keep citizens informed about enforcement on our roadways, the Nova Scotia RCMP is releasing statistics for all RCMP detachments in Nova Scotia for July, August and September 2023 on drivers charged for driving impaired by drugs or alcohol.

For the months of July, August and September, Nova Scotia RCMP charged 349 drivers with impaired related offences.

  • 182 charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance by Alcohol
  • 19 charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance by Drug
  • 20 charged with Refusal of a Demand Made by a Peace Officer
  • 128 issued driving suspensions for Operating a Conveyance While Having Consumed Alcohol.

Impaired driving investigations can be complex, especially when they involve both alcohol and drugs. This is why Nova Scotia RCMP officers receive a variety of training, and have several tools at their disposal. In Nova Scotia, there are approximately 250 RCMP members with training related to drug-impaired driving, 33 of whom are Drug Recognition Experts (DREs). Nova Scotia RCMP also has 427 trained breath technicians who are qualified to operate instruments that determine a driver’s blood alcohol concentration.

Failure or refusal to comply with a demand made by a peace officer for a sample for testing sobriety can result in criminal charges that have the same penalties as impaired driving. There are range of fines and periods of driving prohibition for those convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Citizens are asked to call 911 immediately if you see a driver who is driving erratically or unsafely. Here are some signs of an impaired driver to watch for:

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
  • Making exceptionally wide turns
  • Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
  • Disregarding signals and lights
  • Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
  • Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
  • Once you call 911, you will be asked to provide the following:
  • Your location
  • A description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, colour, make and model
  • The direction of travel for the vehicle
  • A description of the driver if visible.

With the holiday season soon upon us, we would like to remind Nova Scotians to plan ahead and drive sober.


As Nova Scotia’s Provincial Police, road safety is a top priority. In an effort to keep citizens informed about enforcement on our roadways, the RCMP is releasing statistics on stunting charges monthly.

In July, August and September 2023, the Nova Scotia RCMP charged 35 drivers with stunting on a number of highways across the province. The following drivers were caught travelling at speeds that caused significant concern:

  • 188 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 101 in Kingston;
  • 177 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on Highway 102 in Enfield;
  • 171 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on Highway 104 in Westchester;
  • 156 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 103 in Tantallon;
  • 147 km/h in an 90 km/h zone on Highway 105 in Baddeck.

Stunting is defined as any person who operates a motor vehicle on a highway in a race, in a contest, while performing a stunt or on a bet or wager. Anyone driving a motor vehicle 50 Km/hr or more, over a speed limit, may be charged with stunting.

The fine for stunting in Nova Scotia is $2,422.50 for a first offence, six points on your license and an immediate seven-day roadside license suspension.

Speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road safety is a priority for the RCMP and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, please report it by calling the RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). If you believe it is an emergency, call 911.


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