DRPS joined community partners today at the Whitby Firehall Headquarters to deliver a sobering message: impaired driving will not be tolerated on our roads.
Members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch kicked off the annual Festive R.I.D.E campaign with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Durham Chapter, the OPP, Durham Transit, Oshawa Fire, EMS and local officials.
Every holiday season, the DRPS Festive R.I.D.E. team has focused keeping impaired drivers off of the roadways. More than 100 motorists are charged each year during the campaign with various impaired 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 encouraged members of the public to plan ahead and arrange for alternate transportation if they are planning on drinking alcohol or consuming drugs. "Our Festive RIDE campaign is so important. Our women and men are out there, on the street, sending a strong message to those who decide to operate a motor vehicle while impaired," said Chief Martin. "This behaviour is not welcome in Durham Region and you will get caught."
Michelle Crabb from the MADD Durham Chapter made an emotional plea to drivers. She lost a brother to an impaired driver and told her personal story of struggle in the aftermath. She pleaded with the community to help stop this violent crime. MADD Durham also launched its annual red ribbon campaign encouraging everyone to stop impaired driving everywhere.
DRPS, Whitby Fire and EMS completed a dynamic reenactment of an impaired collision that showed their various roles in these intense situations.
Even though the message is driven home every year, there are still members of the public who choose to drive while impaired. Please watch this video showing kids who understand this important message: https://youtu.be/E9mZ2c9vA-s
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.
RIDE Team with Chief Martin (JPG file, 381.4K bytes)
Speaking from Experience (JPG file, 1,497.9K bytes)
Telling a Tale of Loss (JPG file, 1,365.0K bytes)
Reenactment of an Impaired Collision (JPG file, 1,296.5K bytes)