RIDE checks from Pickering to Port Perry to Clarington still finding impaired drivers

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Published December 28, 2022 at 9:48 am

One would hope that challenging winter driving conditions might discourage impaired drivers from venturing out on our roadways, though results from week five of Durham Police’s Festive RIDE. suggest otherwise.

Police stopped 1,614 vehicles and charged eight drivers with impaired driving offences last week, with ten people receiving three-day warning suspensions. Police stopped more vehicles this time last year (1,587) and charged more people with impaired driving (11), but it’s clear people are still not getting the message.

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, anyone charged with a criminal impaired driving offence will have their driver’s licence suspended for ninety days and their vehicle impounded automatically for seven days.

Durham Regional officers conducted RIDE checks in Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Whitby, Port Perry, Scugog, Brock Township, and Clarington. Ninety-seven drivers in total were charged with various highway traffic act offices (from 56 last year) in week five of the program.

“The danger of impaired driving coupled with challenging road conditions is a recipe for disaster,” Durham Police said in a news release. “Our team worked tirelessly to ensure these drivers were caught.”

Several joint RIDE lines occurred in partnership with the OPP Highway Safety Division and MADD Durham Region.

“We remind motorists that we are working every night and impaired driving is never worth it, Make the right choice, plan ahead and drive sober.”

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