North West Region OPP Festive Ride Efforts Double Over Previous Year

Press release

(Thunder Bay, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the North West Region received 120 calls from the public reporting possible impaired drivers during the Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.

Festive RIDE began on November 18, 2021 and wrapped-up on January 2, 2022. During that period, North West Region OPP charged 76 drivers with impaired operation and issued five suspensions to drivers who registered a “warn” on the roadside screening device.

The OPP is dedicated to taking impaired drivers off our roadways, trails and waterways as demonstrated by this year’s Festive RIDE campaign. Across North West Region, officers conducted 1,516 Ride checks, which is more than double the number conducted in 2020 (727).

North West Region OPP reminds drivers that no amount of alcohol or drugs is safe to consume before driving. While the Festive RIDE campaign may have ended, the commitment to road safety will continue throughout the year. Expect to encounter RIDE check points on roads, trails and waterways throughout the year.

Impaired driving is a serious offence that puts everyone in danger. If you suspect an impaired driver, call 911 immediately.