Durham Regional Police conducted their annual Festive R.I.D.E campaign between November 18-20, 2010 inclusive.
Apparently these campaigns aren’t as effective as Durham Police would have hoped. During the first week of their Festive R.I.D.E program, police charged 21 motorists with alcohol related offences, a substantial increase over the results in 2009, where only 8 motorists were charged.
Durham Police stopped 998 motor vehicles at R.I.D.E roadside spotchecks and these are the results:
See Festive R.I.D.E Charge Summary.
As of November 21, 2010, 304 people have died on Ontario patrolled roadways, 50 of which were alcohol-related collisions. The Festive R.I.D.E. initiative has proven to be an effective deterrent and an important tool in raising awareness about the continued, senseless loss of life and injuries that result from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The O.P.P is reminding the public about changes to driving laws in Ontario that take effect on December 1, 2010, where drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 80 milligrams or who fail/refuse to comply with a demand to provide a sample by a police officer will see their vehicles impounded for 7 days.
This change to the Ontario driving law is in addition to other recent changes that took effect in August, 2010 where drivers under 21 years, regardless of the class of licence they have, must have a zero BAC or be suspended on the spot for 24 hours.
Also, under the new Safe Roads for a Safer Ontario Act introduced last year, drivers caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the “warn range”), will have their licence immediately suspended for three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence.