Halton Regional Police has launched the 2015 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign

414 people have been charged with impaired driving in Halton during 2015.

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Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) spot checks will be set up across Oakville at different hours of the day and night to combat impaired driving by both alcohol and drug. These traffic stops will also provide an opportunity for educating the public on the dangers of driving impaired and will serve as a stark reminder that when it comes to impaired driving, there are no second chances.

In addition to the traditional ride programs, our service will also be incorporating the following initiatives into their efforts:

R.I.D.E. 101: An educational program that takes place in high schools. High School Liaison Officers provide students with an opportunity to wear “goggles” to understand how dangerous it is to be out of control and behind the wheel.

Project Happy Hour: A New initiative taking place in Oakville whereby officers will conduct targeted RIDE enforcement at the Oakville commuter lots on weekday evenings to deter impaired drivers arriving from Christmas festivities out of town.

Halton Regional Police will provide weekly statistical updates every Monday to share the number of impaired drivers taken off our roads along with a dynamic visual component to aid in spreading the word on social media.

Over the past week, since Sunday November 29, 2015, the Halton Regional Police have arrested nine drivers and laid 13 impaired driving charges across Halton of which two were in Oakville.

In 2014, 414 drivers were arrested and charged with impaired driving offences. 56 of those were arrested during the December Holiday RIDE season. So far in 2015, there have been 414 drivers arrested and charged with impaired driving.

Impaired driving includes both alcohol and drug. The Halton Regional Police has highly trained Drug Recognition Officers (DRE) who are experts in determining if a driver is impaired by a drug as opposed to alcohol and can also identify the specific drug in their system.

Halton Regional Police takes an aggressive approach to impaired driving throughout the year, not only this holiday season. We work in close partnership with M.A.D.D. Halton Region Chapter to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere. We also depend on our community to help keep our roads safe.

If you see a suspected impaired driver, please call 9-1-1. Officers will respond immediately to ensure the driver is investigated and dealt with accordingly.

The advice and direction is simple: “Don’t drive impaired, you can lose a lot more than your licence.”

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