Bad start to R.I.D.E. campaign PDF Print E-mail

The number of motorists charged with drinking and driving offences in Durham Region’s first week of Festive R.I.D.E. is the highest first-week total in the history of the annual campaign.

Twenty-one people were charged with drinking and driving offences after the first week of Festive R.I.D.E., up from 13 the year before. As well, 22 motorists received three-day suspensions for registering a WARN, up from 17 the previous year.

Chief Constable Mike Ewles says this is a trend that has to stop and expressed deep concern over the first week totals.

“This is shocking and simply not acceptable,” says Chief Ewles, “I am calling on all citizens, friends, neighbours, parents, students, bar owners, party organizers – everyone, to step up and do their part to stop this incredibly dangerous trend. We will not let up and these results make us want to work even harder.”

Chief Ewles also praised the hard-working members of the R.I.D.E. team and frontline patrol officers for their diligent efforts and reminded motorists the thresholds are lower this year.

“The government has given us the tools to remove the threat by lowering the level from .08 to .05,” he says, “The gloves are off when it comes to drinking and driving.”

Last year during Week One of Festive R.I.D.E. officers charged 13 people with various drinking and driving offences. By the end of campaign last year, a total of 122 motorists received drinking and driving charges.

Durham Regional Police Festive R.I.D.E. Week One concentrated on Clarington, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa with the following totals (last year’s Week One total in brackets):

998 -- vehicles were stopped by R.I.D.E. (1600)
74 -- people were given Roadside Breath Tests (106)
22 -- people received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN” (17)
1 -- Driver Under 22 years received a 24hr License Suspension
21 -- people were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences (13)
32 -- Criminal Code Charges were laid against the 21 people charged (20)
7 -- G1 G2 / Young Driver License Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition (4)
36 -- charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences (27)
2 -- Arrest for other Drug Offences (0)
3 -- Arrests for other Criminal Code infractions (3)

Note: Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, anyone charged with a drinking and driving criminal offence will have his or her driver’s licence suspended for 90 days.

Durham Regional Police would like to advise all motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets. Plan Ahead, Don't Take a Chance, Don’t Drink and Drive.