Thirteen drivers charged with impaired driving during Week 3 of Durham RIDE program

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Published December 12, 2022 at 11:03 am

Thirteen drivers were charged for impaired driving offences during Durham Regional Police’s third week of the 2022 Festive R.I.D.E program, with 1,753 vehicles stopped and 134 roadside tests performed.

According to DRPS, “this is far too many” adding that as a community, “we can do better.”

Police conducted R.I.D.E checks in Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, and Bowmanville. In addition to the 13 people charged with impaired driving offences, two people were given three-day suspensions, with 20 other criminal code charges laid.

Week two of the program saw 1,362 vehicles stopped and 41 drivers given roadside breath tests. Sixteen people were charged with impaired driving offences.

This week’s R.I.D.E. program saw DRPS officers working alongside partners with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, conducting proactive inspections and education to multiple licensed establishments throughout the region. DRPS also partnered with the Ministry of Transportation to ensure the sobriety of transport truck drivers.

“It is through continued partnerships with other enforcement agencies that we are able to provide strategic and effective enforcement and education campaigns geared towards reducing impaired driving everywhere.”

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.

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