DRPS joined community partners Wednesday in Oshawa to bring home the message that impaired driving will not be tolerated on our roads.
Members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Durham Chapter kicked off the annual Festive R.I.D.E campaign at the Metrolinx Oshawa Garage on Thornton Road. They were joined by members of the OPP, Durham Transit, Metrolinx, Oshawa Fire, EMS and local officials to show support for the annual initiative.
DRPS has earned the reputation of having one of the best Festive R.I.D.E. teams in Ontario, charging about 120 motorists each year during the campaign with various drinking and driving offences. The team will stop approximately 10,000 vehicles at strategic locations across Durham Region and conduct more than 600 breath tests.
DRPS Chief Paul Martin spoke at the launch recognizing the R.I.D.E. team and the great work they do. He encouraged members of the public to plan ahead and arrange for alternate transportation if they are planning on drinking alcohol. "Our message is simple, plan ahead this holiday season and do not put yourself in a position of great risk," he said. "Do not let the odds get you, do the responsible thing and get a cab, call a friend or utilize a designated driving service."
Michelle Crabb from MADD Durham Chapter lost a brother to an impaired driver and made a plea to the community to help in stopping this violent crime. She says it's unfortunate we have to keep doing these events year after year because people don't get the message. MADD Durham also launched its annual red ribbon campaign encouraging everyone to stop impaired driving everywhere.
Festive R.I.D.E. officers will continue until early January to keep our roads safe. Weekly updates will be provided every Monday, including the publishing of names of those charged with drinking and driving offences on the DRPS website, www.drps.ca.
For more information regarding the Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, contact D/Cst. Todd Gribbons of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888- 579-1520 ext. 5225.
R.I.D.E Launch (JPG file, 283.6K bytes)
MADD Red Ribbon Campaign (JPG file, 1,350.7K bytes)
Michelle Crabb of MADD Durham speaks about losing her brother to an impaired driver (JPG file, 1,822.9K bytes)
Chief Martin Speaks About RIDE (JPG file, 1,201.2K bytes)