Festive RIDE results – Police remind drivers to make the right decision and drive sober

Posted On Tuesday January 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 19, 2021   9:15am

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service held its annual Festive RIDE Campaign between November 26th, 2020 and January 2nd, 2021. We would like to thank the Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association for joining us at two MegaRIDE checks in December with policing partners including the OPP, the RCMP and the Military Police providing drivers with a token of appreciation for driving sober. 

RIDE officers stopped approximately 4,000 cars resulting in six people being charged with impaired driving. Three people had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 days after blowing a “warn” on a roadside (Approved Screening Device). Additionally, 12 drivers were charged with having Cannabis and/or Liquor readily available to the driver.  

The Ottawa Police would like to remind drivers that Cannabis, like liquor, must be out of the driver’s reach. If a package is unsealed or open, it must be fastened closed or stowed in way that it is not readily available to any person in the vehicle. 

Patrol officers charged an additional 48 people with impaired driving and an additional 10 people had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 or 7 days over the same period.  

“Impaired driving is 100% preventable,” said Impaired Countermeasures lead Sgt Troy Froats. “Our hope is that everyone who decides to drive will make the right decision and drive sober.”

While Officers are highly trained to detect impaired drivers, we rely on the public to report suspected impaired driving. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you suspect someone is driving impaired call 9-1-1. 

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