More than 20 new drunk driving charges were laid by Durham police in the third week of the annual Festive RIDE campaign, bringing this year’s total number of charges to 54.
The arrests notched by the RIDE team are keeping pace with last year’s campaign, when 58 drunk driving charges had been laid after three weeks.
Officers set up spot checks throughout the region during the third week of the effort. During the week cops demanded 147 roadside breath tests, charging 23 people with drinking and driving offences and issuing 17 three-day licence suspensions to drivers who registered a warning for elevated blood-alcohol levels.
Officers also laid charges against novice drivers breaching their no-alcohol provision and arrested four people for drug offences. Cops stopped a total of 1,386 vehicles during the week.
The campaign continues throughout the holidays.