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OPP RIDE Task Force Recognized by County Council

Web posted on February 08, 2013

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) - On Thursday, January 31, 2013 Wellington County Council recognized three members of the Wellington County OPP Festive Ride Team for their dedication and commitment to making Wellington County safe by focusing on drinking and driving related offences.

"On behalf of the residents and visitors of Wellington County, I would like to commend Detachment Commander Scott Lawson and his dedicated Festive Ride Team for their hard work keeping impaired drivers off of County Roads", said Warden Chris White. "The efforts of Constables' Jody Bigger, Henry VanDyk and Frank Thornton have prevented accidents and saved lives in Wellington County."

In a 6 week period the OPP Festive Ride Team stopped 10,785 vehicles in all 7 of the Wellington County Municipalities, which resulted in them leading the entire province for drinking and driving enforcement efforts.

"Wellington County OPP has always been committed to detecting impaired drivers and conduct year-round RIDE programs and this increased effort by these officers is exemplary and worthy of our recognition", says Ray Tout County Councillor and Police Service Board Vice Chair. The officers made personal sacrifices over the holiday season in order to ensure this initiative was a success and they achieved excellent yet somewhat alarming statistics.

The Wellington County OPP will continue their dedicated efforts to combat drinking and driving therefore making our roadways safer for all of us to travel on.