DRPS completed its fifth week of the Festive R.I.D.E. program, stopping more than 2,000 vehicles and charging 15 drivers with drinking and driving offences.
On Friday, December 15, 2017, at approximately 2:04 a.m., officers from the Festive R.I.D.E. unit were stopping vehicles on Rossland Road and Audley Road in Ajax.
One of the drivers investigated by officers was arrested for failing to comply with his undertaking and a roadside test resulted with further charges. A quantity of marihuana and cocaine were also located in his vehicle.
Andrew BELL-SCOTT, age 35 of Bem Avenue in Pickering was charged with: Novice Driver BAC above Zero; Fail to Comply x3; Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine) and Possession of Substance in Schedule II (marihuana). He was held for a bail hearing.
Durham Regional Police Officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Brougham and Clarington with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2016 fifth week totals for comparison):
2,335 (1,637) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
78 (93) People given Roadside Breath Tests
12 (8) People received "3 Day Suspensions" for registering a "WARN"
0 (1) Novice Driver received a 24hr Licence Suspension
15 (8) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
20 (10) Criminal Code Charges
1 (2) G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
26 (39) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
2 (2) Drug Offences
After the fifth week, the Festive R.I.D.E. team has charged a total of 87 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 83 had been charged. Another 71 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, 87 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 www.drps.ca 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.
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