Drivers getting message to ‘drive sober:’ 259 fewer RIDE charges in December in Ontario
ORILLIA – It’s not a full stop yet – but consider drinking and driving at an amber light.
The drunk driving message that has been driven home for years has resulted in 259 fewer charges in Ontario during the OPP’s annual Christmas RIDE checks.
An early thank you to Ontario drivers seems to have paid off says the Ontario Provincial Police in a Jan. 2 news release from its headquarters here.
Police report significantly fewer impaired driving charges and Warn Range Suspension totals for their 2013 Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign.
They say that during their campaign from November 23 to January 2 they laid 578 impaired driving charges and issued 481 warning suspensions throughout the province.
By comparison, during last year’s (2012) campaign, the OPP laid 693 impaired driving charges and issued 625 warning suspensions.
That’s 115 fewer impaired charges and 144 fewer warning suspensions.
The OPP says that while they are “pleased to see the numbers significantly lower in both categories,” this year’s charges still serve as a reminder that a small number of impaired drivers threatened the lives of other road users over the holidays.
They would like to see all Ontario drivers make driving sober a New Year’s resolution for 2014.
The OPP would again like to thank Ontarians who helped carry out a successful campaign by not drinking and driving, not letting family and friends drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol and for calling 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers.
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