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OPP Charge 573 People With Impaired Driving Offences During Festive RIDE

Throughout 2015, the OPP laid more than 6,000 alcohol and drug impaired charges across the province.

Police say during this years Festive RIDE program that began on November 23, and wrapped up on January 2, the OPP charged 573 people with impaired driving related offences on OPP patrolled roads.

Just over 350 people had their licences suspended following a roadside warning by officers.

Schmidt added that while the numbers haven’t dramatically increased over the past year, impaired driving is still happening far too often.

The Kirkland Lake Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been busy during the Festive R.I.D.E. program (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere).

Durham police have had consistent success with their efforts to tackle drunk driving, the chief noted.

Spokeperson David Selby says one encouraging trend is that they didn’t catch any teenagers drinking and driving. That was down from 862 in 2014 and the same as 2013, when 802 impaired charges were laid.

The Ontario Provincial Police reports that motorists are still not getting the message about driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Schmidt says the OPP appreciate these calls and take them very seriously as they help officers get risky drivers off the roads. 08 blood alcohol level, one refusing to provide breath sample charge, and one impaired by drug charge.

No impaired driving charges were laid, but Insp. “If you drink, please do not drive any type of motorized vehicle”.

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