Festive R.I.D.E. checks underway until Jan. 2

(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)

Drunk or drugged drivers, police are ramping up enforcement and your name will be released to the press if you’re charged.
“Impaired driving is no accident,” said Peel Regional Police Insp. Paul Pogue from the road safety unit.
The 2015 festive season R.I.D.E. campaign launches today.
Impaireds are “one of the leading causes of criminal death in Canada that can be avoided by planning ahead,” Pogue said.
Provincial police have the numbers to prove it.
From January to October 2015, the number of incidents involving alcohol were up 3 per cent over the same period last year.
As of November 15, of the 258 people killed during that period, 35 fatalities were attributed to alcohol consumption.
In addition, 13 people died when their off-road vehicle was involved in a collision, and six of those people had been impaired by alcohol.
Drug impaired driving is also on the rise, say OPP, who have drug recognition officers with specialized training to identify drivers under the influence.
OPP have laid more than 6,800 alcohol and drug impaired driving charges this year.
“This is an unbelievable statistic. There are many ways to get home after a party,” said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair.

The OPP charged 593 people with impaired-related charges during the 2014 festive RIDE initiative, and 485 people had their licences suspended following a warning.
Police are asking the public to call 911 if someone gets behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
The campaign runs until Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016; although police conduct R.I.D.E. checks throughout the year, the holiday campaign sees more officers on the road.
-Kelly Roche

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