DRPS completed its first week of the Festive R.I.D.E program, stopping more than 1,100 vehicles and charging 12 drivers with drinking and driving offences.

Week 1 consisted of R.I.D.E. checks in the following areas: Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Uxbridge and Clarington with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2014 first week totals for comparison):

1,165 (1,063) vehicles were stopped by R.I.D.E.
82 (52) people were given Roadside Breath Tests
21 (11) people received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
3 (2) Novice Drivers with a BAC over zero received a 24hr Licence Suspension
12 (15) people were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
17 (21) Criminal Code Charges were laid against the 12 people charged
2 (3) Arrested for Drug Offences
3 (8) G1 G2 / Young Driver License Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
21 (33) drivers charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences

Weekly updates will be provided every Monday morning. A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on our website every 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 for 7 days.

Durham Regional Police would like to advise all motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets. Please use alternate ways to get home including Go Transit, Durham Transit, Taxi or a Designated Driver Service.

“Keep Everyone Safe: Don’t Drink and Drive”

Source: Durham Regional Police Service