Fewer Charges Laid During South Simcoe Police Festive RIDE

But still "too many"

South Simcoe Police laid 12 drinking and driving-related charges during the four-week 2018 Festive RIDE program. That’s 11 fewer than the previous year, “but we believe that one impaired driver is too many.”

Here are the numbers:

  • 8,275 Vehicles stopped by RIDE – up nearly three-thousand from a year ago
  • 12 Charges for Drinking and Driving Offences – 23 a year ago
  • 18 People received 3 Day, 7 Day and 30 Day Suspensions for
    registering a “WARN” – down from 30 a year ago
  • 4 Novice/Young Drivers received 3 Day Suspensions
  • 17 Federal Drug Charges
  • 20 Cannabis Act Offences
  • 27 Highway Traffic Act Offences
  • 2 Dangerous Driving

The 17 federal drug charges were the result of two significant drug seizures and arrests that occurred during RIDE stops. The seizures included 96 grams of suspected purple heroin, a dangerous street drug commonly made from fentanyl and/or carfentanil and heroin and depending on the purity could contain several hundred lethal doses of fentanyl.

Twenty Cannabis Act Offences prompted a reminder to motorists about Cannabis Laws that pertain to transporting cannabis in vehicles. A driver cannot have cannabis in a motor vehicle when the seal of its original packaging is open and is within reach of the driver.