Durham Regional Police Service completed its second week of the Festive R.I.D.E program, stopping more than 6000 vehicles and charging 15 drivers with impaired driving offences.
Officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Scugog and Brock Township with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2017 second week results for comparison):
6754 (2697) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
100 (101) People given Roadside Breath Tests
12 (19) People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
1 (2) Novice Driver received a “3 Day Suspension”
15 (25) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
19 (34) Criminal Code Charges
47 (97) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
7 (3) Drug Offences
After the second week, the Festive RIDE team has charged a total of 23 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 33 had been charged. Another 17 motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 days. Last year at the same time, 33 drivers had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.
During the second week of R.I.D.E., two motorists in separate incidents attempted to elude R.I.D.E. officers in Port Perry and Beaverton. This resulted in two police pursuits that had to be called off for safety reasons. Motorists are reminded not to evade R.I.D.E. or other police officers, as this poses a serious safety risk to everyone involved and the community at large. Anyone doing this can face additional charges.
Police also would like to remind motorist to become aware of the new cannabis laws while transporting it in your motor vehicle. A driver cannot have cannabis in a motor vehicle when the seal of its original packaging is open and is within reach of the driver.
A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on thier website later this week at www.drps.ca 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 Service and us here at Durham Region First Responders Breaking News would like to say “Keep Everyone Safe: Don’t Drive Impaired”