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  Festive R.I.D.E. Program Gets Underway this Weekend

Nov 21, 2008 14:13 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service will perform spot checks across the region from now until early January when the 2008-2009 Festive R.I.D.E. program is launched Sunday, November 23rd.

DRP performs Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) spot checks each year to ensure the region’s roads are safe during the holiday season. The goal again this year is to prevent death and injury by reminding citizens to refrain from drinking and driving. The names of impaired drivers charged during these spot checks will be posted on our media releases and the DRPS website.

This year’s launch will take place at 2:00 p.m. before the Oshawa Generals hockey game at the General Motors Centre and will include a brief video showing the effects of drinking and driving, followed by the introduction of the 2008 Festive R.I.D.E. team and the ceremonial puck drop.

The R.I.D.E. team got an early start to the season conducting roadside checks in Pickering and Oshawa last night. The team stopped 385 vehicles and conducted 28 roadside tests. Three people were charged with Impaired/Exceed and nine people were issued 12-hour suspensions.

For more information on the 2008 - 2009 Festive R.I.D.E. program, please contact Acting Sergeant Jamie Pogson at (905) 579-1520 ext. 5231.

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