DRPS completed its fifth week of the Festive R.I.D.E program, stopping more than 1,587 vehicles and charging 11 drivers with impaired driving offences.
Durham Regional Officers conducted R.I.D.E checks in Ajax, Clarington, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2020 third week totals for comparison):
1587 (1550) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
46 (44) People given Roadside Breath Tests
7 (4) People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
5 (0) Novice Driver received a 3, 7 or 30 Licence Suspension
11 (7) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
2 (18) Criminal Code Charges
56 (79) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
1 (0) Drug Offences
After the fifth week, the Festive R.I.D.E team has charged a total of 58 motorists with impaired driving offences. Last year at the same time, 43 had been charged. Another 12 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, four driver’s had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.
A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted on our website later this week at www.drps.ca under Hot Topics.
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.