R.I.D.E. to target impaired drivers over the long weekend

york policeThe annual National Enforcement Day for impaired driving is on Saturday, May 21, 2016 –  to bring extra attention to the serious problem of alcohol and drug-related impaired driving.

National Enforcement Day falls within the Canada Road Safety week.  The York Regional Police said officers will be enhancing the R.I.D.E. program in their jurisidiction, targeting alcohol and drug-impaired drivers during this upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.

All motorists are encouraged to enjoy their long weekend celebrations, but do so responsibly. If you drink or do drugs, don’t drive. Instead, consider these options:

•           Arrange for a designated driver

•           Call a taxi (#TAXI on your cell phone will connect you to the nearest taxi company)

•           Use public transit

•           Arrange for overnight accommodations

An alarming number of impaired driving-related charges were laid by officers across York Region over a 30-day period from April 15, 2016, to May 15, 2016.  In just 30 days, officers arrested 139 people and charged them with 185 offences, all a result of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of the 139 arrests, 16 came as a result of motor vehicle collisions.  R.I.D.E. spot checks and general patrol accounted for 107 of the arrests. Concerned citizens calling, 9-1-1 to report possible impaired drivers resulted in 16 arrests.

The citizens of York Region continue to be strong allies in the war on impaired driving by calling 9-1-1 when they spot an erratic driver. If you see an impaired driver or a dangerous driving situation in progress, or any driving behaviour which you believe constitutes an immediate risk to public safety, please call 9-1-1 to report the details.

York Regional Police is reminding the public that the R.I.D.E. program is a year-long initiative that is enhanced at times throughout the year. The message is clear, don’t drink alcohol or use drugs and drive. – CINEWS

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