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Wellington County OPP to Partake in Last Drink Program

Web posted on January 28, 2013

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) - To step-up our efforts to target impaired drivers, Wellington County OPP has joined forces with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in a program designed to educate and assist licensed establishments in their compliance with the Liquor Licence Act and its regulations. "Wellington County OPP has been selected as one of 12 communities to participate in Phase 2 of the 'Last Drink Program'" says Inspector Lawson, "and we are pleased to partner in this very effective AGCO program".

Under this 'Last Drink Program', police services like Wellington County OPP would identify the location of where the impaired driver consumed their last alcoholic beverage(s). When the location is determined to be a licensed establishment, the information is then forwarded to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for follow-up by their investigators.

The program was initiated to identify issues within licensed establishments involving impaired drivers. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of people charged with a drinking and driving offence by influencing licensed premise operators and alcohol servers to take responsibility for their serving practices. Education, combined with increased sanctions against the licensed premise is a key component of the program.

Drinking and driving numbers increased this year across the province and Wellington County saw similar results. Inspector Lawson says that our objective is simple. "We need to take advantage of all programs and partnerships that are available to us in an effort to reduce incidents of impaired driving in our County." You can expect to see RIDE Programs continue year-round.