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  Festive R.I.D.E. Wraps Up

Jan 02, 2013 12:15 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service has concluded the 2012 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign and there has been a slight reduction in the number of motorists charged with drinking and driving offences.

A total of 132 motorists were charged over the seven-week program, compared with 155 last year.

Here are the totals for all seven weeks of the 2012 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign (with the 2011, 2010 totals in brackets):

13,545 - vehicles were stopped by R.I.D.E. (8494, 10,282)
425 - people were given Roadside Breath Tests (573, 585)
102 - people received "Day Suspensions" for registering a WARN (126, 131)
6 - Novice Drivers with a BAC over zero received a 24hr Licence Suspension (14, 11)
132 - people were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences (155, 138)
177 - Criminal Code driving charges were laid against the 132 people charged (222, N/A )
9 - Additional Criminal Code Charges were laid (17, N/A )
40 - G1 G2 / Young Driver License Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition (67, 63)
264 - charges of various Highway Traffic Act offences (308, 285)

The 2012 Festive R.I.D.E. team would like to thank the media and the public for their support. Officers working the roadside stops received many compliments and expressions of gratitude from motorists for working on this important community safety initiative. R.I.D.E. programs will continue throughout the year in our various divisions.

Chief Constable Mike Ewles worked the Festive R.I.D.E. line a few days before Christmas and was impressed by the level of support from motorists, who thanked officers for working in the freezing cold conditions to ensure everyone's safety.

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Chief Constable Mike Ewles Talks to a Motorist on the RIDE Line (JPG file, 196.6K bytes)
Chief Constable Ewles on the RIDE Line (JPG file, 246.5K bytes)