‘Tis the season for police to crack down on naughty behaviour behind the wheel.
The OPP and police services across the province are kicking off its annual Festive RIDE Campaign this week, with a special aim at taking alcohol and drug-impaired drivers off the road.
Armed with new, high-tech alcohol and cannabis detection devices, the OPP say it is heading in the holiday season with enhanced tools and authorities. Motorists are reminded that police can demand a driver take a sobriety or drug recognition test.
10,270 #OPP ride stops resulting in 539 alcohol/drug-impaired charges and 384 drivers issued with warn range suspensions during #FestiveRide campaign. Harsher penalties are now in place to combat impaired driving. #ImpairedIsImpaired, please #DriveSober pic.twitter.com/wdyhWex798— Ontario Prov Police (@OPP_News) January 4, 2019
“Whether a driver is impaired by alcohol, drugs or both, impaired is impaired – any time of year.” says OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, “Our frontline officers have never been more prepared than they are now to remove these dangerous drivers from our roads.”
Fifty-six people were killed in alcohol or drug-related crashes on OPP-patrolled roads in 2018.
Close to 600 people have died on OPP-patrolled roads in the past ten years in collisions that involved an alcohol or drug-impaired driver.
Every day, on average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured in impairment-related crashes.