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  Festive R.I.D.E. - Final Results

Jan 05, 2009 12:31 ET

The seventh and final week of the Durham Regional Police Festive R.I.D.E. program has concluded and an additional 20 people were charged with various drinking and driving offences:

1162 - vehicles were stopped by R.I.D.E.
89 - people were given Roadside Breath Tests
15 - people received “12 hour Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
20 - people were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
28 - Criminal Code Charges were laid against the 20 people charged
6 - G1/2 License Holder Breach of No Alcohol Condition
24 - charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
2- Arrests for other Criminal Code offences

A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on our website.

The Durham Regional Police Festive R.I.D.E. program has concluded for another year. Festive Season totals for 2008/2009 (with totals for Festive R.I.D.E. 2007/2008; 2006/2007 and 2005/2006 respectively, in brackets and if available):

10,468 - vehicles were stopped by R.I.D.E. (12,965; 23,655; 14,631)
903 - people were given Roadside Breath Tests (893; 489; 409)
168 - people received “12 hour Suspensions” for registering a “WARN” (172; 167; 131)
152 - people were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences (113; 101; 108)
200 - Criminal Code impaired-related charges were laid against the 152 people
21 - Other Criminal Code arrests (6; n/a; n/a)
45 - G1/2 License Holder Breach of No Alcohol Condition (48; 10; n/a)
204 - charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences (n/a; n/a; n/a)

The Durham Regional Police Service had a larger Festive R.I.D.E. team working thanks to additional funding from the provincial government. The team included 12 officers, one sergeant and one Mobile Command Vehicle (MCV) operator, compared to eight officers, one sergeant and one MCV operator last year.

The Durham Regional Police would also like to thank the citizens who did not drink and drive during the festive season and who, after we stopped them for a roadside check, encouraged our officers to keep up their efforts.

The DRPS would like to remind all citizens that R.I.D.E. is a year round enforcement initiative and that operating any form of vehicle, boat, off-road vehicle and snowmobile while impaired by alcohol or drug will not be tolerated.

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