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OPP Festive RIDE Starts Wth Numerous Charges

Web posted on November 25, 2019

(OPP WEST REGION, ON) - OPP West Region members were busy with the first weekend of the 2019 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign and the initial results are not encouraging.

Police conducted stops at 78 RIDE check locations across the Region to ensure Ontario roads are safe from alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired drivers.

15 drivers are now facing impaired driving charges, while another seven motorists received a 3-day license suspension for registering a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the "Warn Range (between 0.05 and 0.08).

In all, there were 42 impaired driving charges laid across the province on the first weekend of the campaign.

This year's OPP Festive RIDE Campaign runs from Nov. 23, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020. During the campaign, OPP officers will be highly visible as they conduct RIDE initiatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the province.

The OPP want to remind Ontarians to refrain from driving after consuming alcohol or drugs and to never let anyone else drive if you know or suspect that they have consumed alcohol or drugs. If you know or suspect that a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs, call 9-1-1. In doing so, you may be saving lives.