Charges up at R.I.D.E. checks

The OPP’s Festive R.I.D.E. program so far has seen more charges this holiday season than last.
In Rainy River District, the OPP had checked 4,6457 vehicles as of Dec. 30, charging six drivers with impaired driving, issuing one 12-hour suspension, and issuing 21 other charges relating to liquor offences at spot checks.
By comparison, during the 2003 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign here, police checked 4,692 vehicles, but only charged two drivers, issued one 12-hour suspension, and issued four other liquor-related offences.
Many local establishments participate in the Grab-A-Cab and Designated Driver program. Patrons at establishments can ask for a Grab-A-Cab coupon that will them $5 towards a cab fare home.
Designated drivers will be provided a non-alcoholic beverage of the establishments’ choice (usually fountain pop) at no charge if they are not drinking any alcoholic beverages.