Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs will continue over the holidays. OPP officers conducted 74 RIDE stops in Grenville County since November. A total of three impaired driving charges were laid, all related to alcohol.
Constable Ann Collins says officers are keen to be out and visible in the community.
New impaired driving charges came into effect this week. Police officers can now ask anyone they pull over to do a breathalyzer test.
Const. Collins says if you’ve been drinking and are in doubt about whether it’s safe to drive, just find another ride home. She says it’s important to plan ahead if you’re going to a party by setting up a ride in advance.
Officers will be targeting all areas with RIDE programs. Fines for impaired driving range from $1,000 to $2,500 for first offences. Second offences come with mandatory jail time.