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OPP Results of this Year's Festive R.I.D.E. Campaign

Web posted on January 23, 2013

(County of Wellington, ON) - Despite continued warnings that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would be as visible as ever during their Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign, the OPP is disappointed that the number of motorists charged with impaired driving over the holidays increased. The results in Wellington County were no different, says Inspector Scott Lawson. We had hoped that public education would have contributed to a different result.

This year's County of Wellington OPP FESTIVE R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign was in effect from Friday November 28, 2012 through January 5, 2013. Three County of Wellington OPP members were assigned to the FESTIVE RIDE initiative.

Over the 6 week period 10,785 vehicles were stopped and 441 drivers were administered the road side screening device. That equates to one in every 24 vehicles stopped had consumed alcohol.

The following statistics show the results of the program.

>> Impaired /Over 80/Refuse Breath Sample: 25
>> Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA): 21
>> 3 Day licence Suspension (warn range): 53
>> 7 Day Licence Suspension (result of 2nd warn range suspension): 4
>> 30 Day Licence Suspension (result of 3rd warn range suspension): 0
>> 24 hour Novice Driver Licence Suspensions: 15
>> Liquor Licence Act (LLA): 14

In 2013, The County of Wellington OPP are committed to high visibility, public education and continued RIDE programs to ensure Wellington County is a safe place to live and drive.