Festive Ride: 35 charged so far with impaired driving

Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) yesterday said 35 people have been charged with impaired driving offences so far in the Festive RIDE campaign this year.

In week three of the Festive RIDE program, 16 drivers were charged with impaired driving offences, bringing the total to 35. Last year at the same time, 24 had been charged. A complete list of those charged is available on our website, said a DPRS statement.

Another five motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for three days. Last year at the same time, five driver’s had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.

A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed is posted on our website at www.drps.ca under Hot Topics.

DRPS completed its third week of the Festive RIDE program, stopping more than 1,403 vehicles. Officers conducted RIDE checks in Ajax, Clarington, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry and Uxbridge.

The following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2020 third week totals for comparison):

1403 (1833) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
27 (17) People given Roadside Breath Tests
2 (4) People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
3 (1) Novice Driver received a 3, 7 or 30 Licence Suspension
16 (10) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
4 (1) Criminal Code Charges
27 (95) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
0 (1) Drug Offences

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

“Keep Everyone Safe: Don’t Drink and Drive,” said the DRPS.

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