OPP launches celebratory RIDE campaign

The holiday season is in full swing – provincial police say they will be out 24/7 as they launch their festive RIDE campaign on Thursday.

The initiative will last until after New Year’s Eve – ending on January 2.

Police say the focus – as in previous years – is no different, with officers in full force trying to keep alcohol and drug-stricken drivers off the roads during the holidays.

But, provincial police are also reminding Ontario that much of keeping these drivers off the roads depends on them.

So far this year, more than 21,000 calls have been made to the OPP to report apparent impaired drivers.

The OPP says during the campaign they will be highly visible as they set up RIDE programs on highways across the province.

“OPP officers will make full use of their expertise, tools and authority to detect and charge impaired drivers. Together, we have the ability to keep our roads safe during the holidays and throughout the year,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.

Nearly 6,700 RIDE initiatives were made last year – resulting in more than 600 charges.

As of this year – the OPP has already filed more than 8,000 alcohol / drug-impaired driving charges.

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