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Published January 3, 2023

Nearly 2,000 vehicles stopped, 21 drivers arrested for impaired during South Simcoe Police RIDE program

Of the 21 people arrested for impaired related offences, police say 13 were involved in motor vehicle collisions
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The South Simcoe Police Service stopped nearly 2,000 vehicles and laid 47 criminal charges during the 2022 Festive RIDE Campaign.

The annual campaign ran from November 24, 2022 to December 31, 2022 and involved enhanced RIDE programs during the holiday season.

Approximately 1,950 vehicles were stopped during static RIDE check points. Police issued 97 Approved Screening Device demands and 10 Approved Drug Screening Equipment demands.

Twenty-one people, ranging in age from 19 to 90 years old, were arrested and charged as a direct result of the RIDE programs or other impaired related investigations.  Police laid 47 criminal charges. The offences included Impaired Operation of a Conveyance, Impaired Operation – Blood Alcohol Concentrations, Operate Conveyance While Prohibited, Possession of Schedule I Substance, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Dangerous Operation, and Failure to Comply with Release Orders.  An additional 13 people ranging in ages from 16 to 58 years old had their license suspended for the presence of alcohol or drugs.

It is important to note that during this time frame, of the 21 people arrested for impaired related offences, 13 were involved in motor vehicle collisions.  

Other charges included 80 Highway Traffic Act, 11 Cannabis Control Act and 2 Liquor Licence Act.

Quote: Sgt. Jessica Irwin, Traffic and Marine Unit -  “It is disappointing that some people refuse to get the message about the dangers of impaired driving. We will continue our year-round RIDE programs as part of our ongoing commitment to road safety. Thank you to the citizens who choose to drive sober and those who support our efforts by reporting suspected impaired drivers.”

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