R.I.D.E. programs find more impaired drivers

(Ontario Provincial Police file photo)

The OPP West Region is reporting a disturbing statistic.

The annual festive R.I.D.E. campaign saw an increase in the number of impaired drivers.

Between November 23 and January 2, West Region OPP officers conducted 1,461 RIDE events. 156 drivers were charged with impaired driving, driving over 80 milligrams of alcohol, or refusal to provide a breath sample. Ninety-three drivers were issued a warn-range suspension of three, seven, or 30 days. In Grey-Bruce, the OPP conducted 121 RIDE programs over the five-week period, including Christmas and the new year.

Fifteen drivers were charged with criminal offences, including impaired operation, over 80 milligrams of alcohol or refusing to provide a breath sample. Six drivers were served with a driver’s licence suspension for registering a warning range on the roadside screening device.