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  Festive R.I.D.E. Results - Week Three

Dec 04, 2017 10:07 ET

DRPS completed its third week of the Festive R.I.D.E program, stopping more than 1,200 vehicles and charging 19 drivers with drinking and driving offences including one driver who failed to stop for R.I.D.E officers.

On Thursday November 30, 2017 at approximately 10:10 p.m., officers from the Festive R.I.D.E. unit were set up stopping vehicles to check on sobriety of drivers on Liberty St and Baseline Road East in Bowmanville.

A southbound Ford SUV approached the line and when officers attempted to stop the vehicle to speak to the driver, the driver accelerated past the officer, bouncing off the curb and almost striking several officers. The vehicle was stopped shortly after on the 401 by R.I.D.E. officers and arrested.

Valerie WINSLOW, age 43 of Shanagarry Drive in Ennismore, was charged with: Impaired Driving, Exceeding 80 mgs, Dangerous Driving and Fail to Stop Police. She was released on a Promise to Appear.

Durham Regional Officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Beaverton, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Brougham and Clarington with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2016 third week totals for comparison):

1,269 (1,722) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
102 (108) People given Roadside Breath Tests
14 (19) People received "3 Day Suspensions" for registering a "WARN"
0 (4) Novice Driver received a 24hr Licence Suspension
19 (13) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
23 (16) Criminal Code Charges
4 (7) G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
77 (37) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
0 (3) Drug Offences

After the third week, the Festive RIDE team has charged a total of 52 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 59 had been charged. Another 47 motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver's licence suspended for 3 days. Last year at the same time, 61 driver's had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.

A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on our website later this week at under Hot Topics.

Note: Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, anyone charged with a drinking and driving criminal offence will have his or her driver's licence suspended for 90 days and there vehicle impounded automatically for 7 days.

"Keep Everyone Safe: Don't Drink and Drive"