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Festive RIDE runs until January 2nd

Festive RIDE runs until January 2nd

Posted: 2022-11-18 08:11:41 By: thebay

Police are asking motorists to save lives and choose to drive sober this holiday season during the Festive RIDE campaign kick-off event yesterday.

Police say those who choose to drive while impaired continue to risk innocent lives on Ontario roads.  Police say no amount of alcohol or drugs is safe when driving and driving under the influence of either is a criminal offence.

In 2022, OPP officers in Central Region issued 1,757 impaired driving charges, and investigated 450 alcohol and/or drug related roadway collisions, of which seven were fatal and 109 resulted in injury.

Police are reminding drivers that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening law allows police to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver without having reasonable suspicion that a driver is alcohol impaired. Officers are equipped with the skills and authority needed to detect impaired driving regardless of whether the impairment is a result of alcohol or drug consumption, or a combination of both.

The Festive RIDE campaign, runs until January 2, 2023.