Fewer drivers caught during festive RIDE campaign

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Fewer drivers were caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Peel Region during the recent 2017 Festive RIDE campaign.

In 2016 the overall number of impaired drivers was 423. Approximately 9,000 fewer vehicles stopped in 2017 when compared to the previous year.

Between November 18 and January 2, police charged 191 individuals with drunk driving while 197 were issued warn range drivers licence suspensions.

That equates to about one out of every 62 drivers stopped who were either charged or issued a suspension.

Out of the 191 charges laid in the 2017 campaign, 108 occurred in Mississauga and 83 occurred in Brampton. Police also say 152 of them were men and the other 39 were women. As well, 66 per cent of those charged were between the ages of 21 and 40.

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The number of drivers caught in Peel has been decreasing over recent years. This year’s total of 388 is lower than each of the past three years – 423 in 2016, 548 in 2015 and 515 in 2014. – CINEWS

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