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  Thanks to Our Festive R.I.D.E. Team

Jan 02, 2018 09:25 ET

Our Festive R.I.D.E. team wrapped up its seven week campaign with an increase in the number of people arrested for impaired driving. The 2017 campaign resulted in 112 motorists being arrested for drinking and driving offences -13 more than 2016.

Durham Regional police officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Whitby, Oshawa, and Newcastle in week 7 and ten people were charged with drinking and driving offences. The final numbers from the 2017 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign are as follows (the numbers in brackets reflect the 2016 Festive R.I.D.E. totals, for comparison):

12593 (13,397) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
624 (695) People given Roadside Breath Tests
98 (105) People received 3 Day Suspensions for registering a WARN
1 (9) Novice Driver received a 24hr Licence Suspension
112 (99) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
153 (133) Criminal Code Charges
21 (25) G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
379 (251) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
10 (10) Drug Offences
32 (13) Criminal Code Charges (not related to drinking and driving)

After seven weeks, the Festive R.I.D.E. team charged a total of 112 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year, 99 had been charged. Another 98 motorists registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver's licence suspended for 3 days. Last year, a total of 105 drivers had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.

A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed/Refuse will be posted on our website later this week at under Hot Topics.

Note: Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, anyone charged with a drinking and driving criminal offence will have his or her driver's licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle impounded automatically for seven days.

Durham Regional Police will continue R.I.D.E. spot checks throughout the year and remind motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets.

"Plan Ahead, Don't Take a Chance, Don't Drink and Drive"

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R.I.D.E Team (JPG file, 283.6K bytes)