Impaired driving charges up over last year

the OPP

The Festive R.I.D.E. season began Nov. 25 and continues through to Jan. 1 to keep motorists safe on our roadways.
As of 8 a.m. yesterday (Dec. 20), members with the North West Region OPP had charged 31 individuals with impaired/over 80 mg, issued five three-day suspensions, and conducted 521 R.I.D.E. initiatives throughout the region.
Officers also have investigated 260 motor-vehicle collisions, including seven involved alcohol.
During the initial 25 days of last year’s Festive R.I.D.E. initiative, members of the North West Region OPP charged 29 people with impaired/over 80 mg and issued one three-day suspension.
Soon 316 motor vehicle collisions were investigated, with two involving alcohol.
Unfortunately, it appears that some people are not getting the message about drinking and driving.
Plan ahead, prior to leaving home, to ensure you make the right decision to not drink and drive.
There are numerous options available to ensure you return home safely: using a designated driver, or calling a taxi or (in some areas) “Operation Red Nose.”
Do your part to keep our highways safe this festive season.
Make the right decision. Drive sober.