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Durham Festive RIDE Day One: 261 stopped, four charged

Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) stopped more than 261 vehicles and charged four drivers with impaired driving offences during the first day of this season’s Festive R.I.D.E program.

The R.I.D.E checks were conducted in Whitby, Pickering, and Oshawa, with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2020 first two days totals for comparison):

  • 261 (214) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
  • 6 (14) People given Roadside Breath Tests
  • 1 (3) People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
  • 1 (1) Novice Driver received a 3, 7 or 30-day Licence Suspension
  • 4 (7) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
  • 0 (1) Criminal Code Charges
  • 1 (n/a) G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
  • 15 (67) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
  • 2 (1) Drug Offences

After the first day, the Festive R.I.D.E team has charged a total of four motorists for impaired driving offences (3 by alcohol,1 by drug). Last year at the same time, seven had been charged. One motorist registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for three days. Last year at the same time, three driver’s had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.

A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on DRPS website later this week at under Hot Topics.

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, anyone charged with a drinking and driving criminal offence will have their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle impounded automatically for 7 days.


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