Festive RIDE campaign yields 220 percent more impaired drivers

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SD&G – Charges are up 220 percent in the SD&G OPP’s latest Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program, a fact decried by SD&G Detachment Commander Mike Mulhearn.

From Nov. 21, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017, officers charged 11 drivers with Criminal Code Impaired Driving-related offences, more than double the count from a year earlier. Five individuals were so charged last season.

“With the many alternatives available in this day and age, it is alarming and unacceptable that drivers would take such potentially devastating risks,” declared Inspector Mulhearn, adding “RIDE checks will continue throughout the year, at any given times and locations in SD&G to deter and intercept those who choose to make poor choices.”

The detachment also carried out a higher number of RIDE checks this season, at 213. That’s up 37 percent from 155 in 2015-16.

Four drivers also received “warn range” licence suspensions — a sanction imposed on drivers who get close to the legal limit without actually breaking the law. Six drivers found themselves in this situation last season.

401 speeders

STORMONT-DUNDAS The long arm of the law snatched keys and permits from a trio of Highway 401 speeders whose velocity — at least 50 km/h over the limit — led to on-the-spot punishment under Ontario’s stunt driving law over the weekend.

The SD&G OPP say their officers intercepted the following vehicles, which were impounded for seven days, also seizing the licences of the involved drivers for the same length of time. The incidents all occurred in the highway’s 100 km/h zone, either South Dundas or South Stormont.

  • 155 km/h, male driver, 37, from Richmond Hill, Ont., at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 6;
  • 172 km/h, male driver, 33, from North York, Ont., at 9:28 p.m. on Jan. 6;
  • 153 km/h, female driver, 23, from Montreal, Que., at 1:34 a.m. on Jan. 8.

In addition to the immediate consequences, the drivers were all charged accordingly.


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