RIDE program to be intensified by York Police this week

York Regional Police  has announced that it will be an active partner in the national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.  Canada Road Safety Week takes place between Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and Monday, May 23, 2016,

During the Victoria Day long weekend, police will be enhancing the R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program to target impaired drivers. Additional officers will be on the road, supporting the frontline members to ensure that drivers stay sober and drive responsibly. If you drink or do drugs, don’t drive. Instead, consider arranging for a designated driver, call a taxi, use public transit or arrange for overnight accommodations.

This campaign is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement component is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.  Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. The focus this week will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk.  These are impaired driving; either by alcohol and/or drugs, improper use or failure to use seatbelts and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.

RIDE is a sobriety testing program used by police in Ontario. The program began in 1977 as Reduce Impaired Driving in Etobicoke and the success of the program led to the expansion across Canada.

Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

York Regional Police encourages citizens to do their part and help us during Canada Road Safety Week and all year long. If you observe instances of speeding, unsafe lane changes, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or disobeying traffic lights and stop signs, or other unsafe driving please consider making an online report through our Road Watch program at www.yrp.ca/roadwatch.aspx.

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. – CINEWS

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