Local OPP officers have increased the number of R.I.D.E. programs throughout the district for the 2010 campaign, which remains in effect until Jan. 2.
In fact, Rainy River District has seen an increase in the number of vehicles checked from the 2009 campaign, having checked 6,476 so far in 2010.
Officers have charged four people with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, which resulted in four Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspensions.
There also have been 21 other charges laid against drivers for various provincial and criminal offences.
The OPP reminds motorists who aren’t getting the message of “Don’t drink and drive” that the OPP will continue its dedication to conducting R.I.D.E. programs.
Officers have zero tolerance for those who decide to drive while impaired.
“The number of people who are choosing to drive while impaired is high and at the end of the day, it is a choice,” said OPP Cst. Anne McCoy.
“Impaired driving is 100 percent avoidable,” she stressed.
The choice to drive while impaired not only affects the driver, but everyone out on the roads.
Alcohol is a drug, and it affects the brain and body in many different ways. When a person drinks any amount of alcohol, their sensory functions are depressed.
Impaired drivers are mentally and physically unable to react appropriately to various driving situations because the alcohol has altered what the sensory functions can process in the body and brain.
As a result, driving while impaired is dangerous and can be deadly.
If you plan to consume any amount of alcohol, take the time to plan your ride home before you drink.
Have a designated driver, stay overnight, or take a cab.
Arrive alive—don’t drink and drive.