A police officer interviews drivers during a RIDE program.

There seem to be more concerns on the road for police than just drinking and driving during Oktoberfest.

Waterloo Region police completed its nine-day RIDE program, from Oct. 10 to 19, throughout Oktoberfest, but seatbelt related charges were four times greater than alcohol related charges.

Of the 111 charges laid during the nine days, there were 33 seatbelt related charges, compared to eight impaired and alcohol related charges.

“Officers continue to be concerned with the number of motorists failing to wear their seatbelt or failing to secure children properly,” stated a police media release.

“The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists that seatbelts are designed to save lives and reduce injury. Not wearing a seatbelt or securing children in their seat can result in a fine of $240 and two demerit points.”

Of the 7,270 vehicles stopped, there were six novice driver related offences due to the presence of alcohol or drugs, 59 Highway Traffic Act related charges, including no validation, obstructed plates, improper tires, failing to surrender a permit and/or insurance, five Cannabis Control Act charges.

“The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists about the dangers and risks associated with driving impaired. All young drivers, novice drivers and commercial drivers are required to have zero presence of alcohol and/or drugs in their system while driving,” the release stated.

“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and arrange for a safe ride home. If you observe or suspect a motorist is driving impaired, call 911.”

Source: The Waterloo Region Record