Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police

Halton police are cracking down on drunk and drugged driving as the seasonal RIDE program kicks into full swing across Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills in the days leading into Christmas.

It’s the time of year when “a heightened level of bad choices are made,” said Sgt. Ryan Snow.

You can expect to see officers conducting RIDE checks anyplace, anytime in December — that’s across the province.

Having said that, “impaired driving is something we see 12 months a year. There’s no doubting that,” Snow said.

Police are reminding residents that impaired driving is a crime in progress, and if you happen upon someone you suspect is driving while impaired, “the only thing you should be doing is calling 911,” said Snow.

“It’s no different than if someone breaks into your home.”

The public are the “eyes and ears” of the service, added Snow.

Officers will be deployed in a variety of vehicles in residential subdivisions, plus industrial and commercial areas.

Compliance checks for those previously charged with impaired driving offences – and subject to ongoing driving bans – will also be taking place.

“Impaired driving is no different than any other criminal offence,” said Snow.

2016 Seasonal RIDE stats:

  • 266 roadside tests.
  • 51 impaired driving arrests.
  • 54 roadside suspensions.

Police are also reminding residents of the consequences of drugged driving.

Source: inhalton