A total of 44 motorists have been charged with drinking and driving and face 59 charges after only two weeks of the 2008/09 Festive R.I.D.E. program in Durham Region. The number is up from 29 motorists last year at this time.
A total of 2,779 vehicles have been stopped so far and 278 roadside breath tests have been conducted by police officers in various locations across Durham Region. In addition to the 44 Exceed, Impaired or Refused charges, officers have also seen a disturbing increase in the number of 12-hour suspensions issued. So far, 61 drivers have been issued suspensions this year, compared to 49 from the same time period a year ago.
Durham Regional Police will continue to publish the names of those charged during the Festive R.I.D.E. campaign on our website. We have increased the size of our R.I.D.E. team this year from eight to 12 members and the additional effort of these officers is paying dividends for community safety.
Of the 32 motorists charged in week 2, the youngest was a 15-year-old impaired by drug and the oldest was a 63-year-old male, both were stopped in Oshawa.
Durham Regional Police would like to remind all motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets. Please plan ahead if you are drinking this holiday season and help keep our roads safe!
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