Starting in October, harsher fines will be dished out by our local OPP for drug-impaired drivers to help improve road safety.

The OPP says drivers under the influence will now receive a $180 fine, immediate license suspension – between a week and 90-days – and mandatory entry into a treatment program with the possibility of an interlock being installed in any, or all of their vehicles.

The Office of the Chief Coroner reported in 2013 that nearly 40 per cent of all drivers who lost their lives on provincial roads involved being under the influence.

This comes as the Killaloe OPP has kicked off its Fall Seat Belt campaign, specifically targeting unsafe drivers.