The pandemic won’t get in the way of the South Simcoe Police annual Festive R.I.D.E. program

Service launched annual holiday safety campaign on Friday

“The pandemic has brought many changes, but it has not impacted our resolve to stop impaired drivers and keep our roads safe.”

The South Simcoe Police Service has launched its annual Festive R.I.D.E. program for another year, and Deputy Chief John Van Dyke is reminding motorists they can call the emergency line if they spot some unsafe driving. “We will be out in force and are urging members of the community to call 911 if you see driving that could jeopardize the safety of other motorists or pedestrians,” he told Barrie 360 on Friday morning.

The South Simcoe Police will be using equipment designed to detect THC

“This holiday season, make a plan before you party,” added Van Dyke. “You have many options; make the right choice for yourself, your loved ones and the loved ones of others.”

While the pandemic hasn’t impacted the police service’s enforcement of the rules of the road, Van Dyke says it will change things slightly. “Just like everything else this holiday season, the festival ride campaign will look a little different,” he commented. “Officers will be wearing face masks and gloves while maintaining social distance during ride stops.”

This year’s South Simcoe Police Festive R.I.D.E. program will run until early January 2021.