O.P.P. Lay 652 Impaired Driver Charges Between Nov. 25 – Jan, 1, 2012

Update:

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The tallies are in for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) 2011-2012 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign and the final number of impaired drivers caught over the holidays came as bittersweet news to the Commissioner of the OPP. The Festive R.I.D.E. campaign got underway on November 25, 2011 and wrapped up on January 1, 2012.

652 Impaired Driving Charges were laid this year, as opposed to 308 last year

During that time, OPP officers removed a total of 1203 impaired drivers off our roads and highways throughout the six Ontario regions that are policed by the OPP.  Of this total, 652 were charged with impaired driving and the other 551 were issued immediate Warn Range suspensions for having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08.

In comparison, during the 2010-2011 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, 308 drivers were charged with impaired driving and 613 were issued Warn Range suspensions. “On one hand, I am extremely proud of the hard work on the part of our officers who made this campaign highly-effective in removing these dangerous drivers from our roads over the holidays.  On the other hand, I am disappointed that these drivers would risk their lives and the lives of others,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. In 2011, 47 people died in alcohol-related crashes on OPP-patrolled roads.

R.I.D.E.

With the holiday season just beginning, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding motorists that there will be a visible increase of OPP officers again this holiday season as they focus their efforts to track down motorists who place everyone’s safety at risk by drinking and driving on Ontario roads and highways. This year’s annual OPP Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign will be in effect from Friday November 25, 2011 through January 1, 2012.

2011 Festive RIDE Stats (11/25/11 – 01/01/12)

Region:

Central – 126 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
Central – 155 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

North West – 10 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
North West – 47 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

East – 89 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
East – 107 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

North East – 41 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
North East – 50 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

HSD – GTA – 149 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
HSD – GTA – 151 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

West – 136 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
West – 142 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

Total = 551 motorists were issued warn range suspensions (3,7 or 30 Day Suspensions)
Total = 652 motorists were charged with impaired, over 80 or refusal to blow into the breathalyzer

*CC – Criminal Code,  HTA – Highway Traffic Act, LLA – Liquor Licence Act– see source

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