OPP launch festive RIDE programs for the holidays

(Ontario Provincial Police file photo)

Lambton OPP have ramped up enforcement on area roads this holiday season, keeping an eye out for impaired and aggressive drivers.

Cst. Jamie Bydeley said they’re conducting their usual festive RIDE programs at many locations across the county.

“The main goal is to get impaired drivers off the road so that other drivers can utilize the roadway in a safe manner,” said Bydeley. “So, giving people a heads up ahead of time using social media on where to spot officers and RIDE programs is really not doing your community any justice.”

Cst. Bydeley said even if you blow over the legal limit in the ‘warning range’, you’ll be faced with a three day drivers’ licence suspension.

Penalties are steeper for those driving with over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood.

He said residents also need to be aware of the laws under the cannabis act.

You’re not allowed to have cannabis readily available to the driver.

In Sarnia, city buses will not be running after 6:15 p.m. Friday New Year’s Eve. Sarnia Transit will not be offering its free service due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.