Festive RIDE Program Begins This Weekend
The OPP and Police services across the province will be taking part in the Festive RIDE programs beginning this weekend.
Thanks to new impaired driving laws phased in last year, the OPP is heading into the seasonal campaign with enhanced tools and authorities. Under the new law, police officers with a screening device who lawfully pull over a driver in a RIDE initiative (or through any other lawful traffic stop) can now demand a breath sample without having reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body.
The OPP say they have acquired drug screening equipment which can detect cannabis and cocaine in a driver's saliva.
Police say that officers can demand a driver to submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and a Drug Recognition Expert Evaluation and officers have the expertise to detect impairment by alcohol, drugs or both in a driver.
Drivers and passengers are reminded to adhere to strictly-enforced laws that address the transportation of cannabis in motor vehicles.