Global News file
The Festive RIDE campaign officially begins Wednesday in Peterborough and Peterborough County.

Peterborough police in the city and county will be kicking off the annual Festive RIDE campaign on Wednesday night.

Members of the Peterborough Police Service and Peterborough County OPP will be conducting RIDE (reduce impaired driving everywhere) campaigns on city and county roads for the campaign, which runs until early January 2019.

“This education and enforcement campaign is targeting drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs,” stated Peterborough Police Service traffic Sgt. Ryan Wilson.

“There is no excuse for impaired driving. Plan ahead, use a designated driver, call a cab, take public transportation or stay overnight.”

Peterborough police will also be in Cavan Monaghan Township and the village of Lakefield.

“We encourage our community to make the right choice this holiday season and not drive impaired,” said Wilson.

Peterborough County OPP are assisting in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon campaign. The OPP says year-to-date, there have been 39 fatalities from alcohol or drug-related collisions.

From Jan. 1 to mid-October, OPP provincewide have laid more than 6,700 impaired-driving charges including 283 for impairment by drugs.

“The OPP will be focusing their attention on those drivers who put public safety at risk by driving a vehicle while their ability to do so is impaired by alcohol or drug,” stated Const. Joe Ayotte.

Source: Global News