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  Festive R.I.D.E. Results - Week Six

Dec 27, 2017 11:18 ET

DRPS completed its sixth week of the Festive R.I.D.E. program, stopping more than 1,900 vehicles and charging 15 drivers with drinking and driving offences.

Durham Regional Police Officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry, Bowmanville, Cannington, Sunderland, and Clarington with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2016 sixth week totals for comparison):

1,912 (2,135) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
77 (109) People given Roadside Breath Tests
12 (17) People received "3 Day Suspensions" for registering a WARN
0 (0) Novice Driver received a 24hr Licence Suspension
15 (10) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
23 (13) Criminal Code Charges
2 (2) G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
33 (14) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
2 (1) Drug Offences

After the sixth week, the Festive RIDE team has charged a total of 102 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 93 had been charged. Another 83 motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver's licence suspended for three days. Last year at the same time, 96 drivers had their licences 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 seven days.

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