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OPP Release 2013 to 2014 Festive RIDE Results

Web posted on January 22, 2014

(WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON) Despite the provincial campaign ending on January 2nd, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign was extended to January 11, 2014.

The final tally ended with 38 motorists being charged with drinking and driving offences over an eight week period.

Detachment Commander Inspector Scott Lawson says, "Despite the extreme weather conditions, including heavy snow, frigid temperatures and ice, our members were very committed to this initiative, stopping more than 12,000 motorists". I'm aware other jurisdictions were maybe reporting more favorable results but we can't say that here in Wellington County. The results are not pretty so clearly we have more work to do", says Lawson.

Education around the dangers of impaired driving and officer visibility at R.I.D.E. were ever present throughout the campaign. The OPP in Wellington will continue to work together with their local traffic safety partners to achieve a zero tolerance attitude for impaired driving by drugs or alcohol in our community.

The final results of the 8 week campaign are;

- 12459 Vehicles checked

- 815 Approved Screening Device tests (drivers who consumed alcohol but breath samples were less than 50 mgs)

- 38 Over 80mgs/Impaired/Refuse Charges

- 87 Three-Day Administrative Driver's License Suspensions

- 8 Seven-Day Administrative Driver's License Suspensions

- 11 Twenty-Four Hour Administrative Driver's License Suspensions

- 20 Other Criminal Code

- 44 Drug Charges

- 29 Liquor License Act Charges

- 177 Highway Traffic Charges

- 30 Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act charges

We do though, have to thank those motorists who considered the life-altering consequences and chose not to get behind the wheel when they'd consumed any amount of alcohol; they deserve everyone's appreciation for absolutely contributing to the safety of our area roads.


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