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  Festive R.I.D.E. Joins with Partners to Get the Message Out

Dec 19, 2008 11:05 ET

The DRPS Festive R.I.D.E. team and members of the R.C.M.P. have teamed up this week to combat impaired driving.

From Tuesday, December 16th to Saturday, December 20th members of the R.C.M.P. will accompany our police officers as they check for impaired drivers across Durham Region.

In a second R.I.D.E. initiative, members of the media were invited by DRPS to attend E.P. Taylor’s Pub at Durham College to learn, first hand, the effects of drinking and driving.

Members of the media started the event by operating a driving simulator before heading to the bar to see how many drinks they could have before feeling the affects of alcohol. Once they had consumed a few drinks, they stepped back behind the wheel and then blew into the roadside screening device.

“People don’t feel like they are able to operate a vehicle even when they are registering below the legal limit,” said Traffic Sgt. Shaun Arnott. “We have people who are blowing twice the legal limit on our roads. That’s extremely dangerous.”

In 2007, DRP charged 113 people with drinking and driving. So far, 117 people have been charged in the 2008 Festive R.I.D.E. program.

Thanks to our partners, R.C.M.P., Drive Safe, Durham College and Keys to Us, for their support.

Below are attached files.
simulator thumb (JPG file, 47.7K bytes)
R.C.M.P. Inspector Hanna and DRP Inspector Green check for impaired drivers (JPG file, 447.8K bytes)
Rogers reporter Mike Walker takes a breathlyzer (JPG file, 357.0K bytes)
R.I.D.E. spot check (JPG file, 438.4K bytes)