Halton Regional Police Launches Festive R.I.D.E. 2013

Halton Regional Police Launches Festive R.I.D.E. 2013
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Staff Sergeant Dave Cross

Staff Sergeant Dave Cross

Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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The Halton Regional Police Service has commenced this year’s holiday R.I.D.E. campaign.  We are grateful for the community partners who are supportive of this worthy endeavour, including the Halton Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.).

Each police District will be coordinating their own approach to the R.I.D.E. campaign. Regional Traffic Services has also commenced a pilot initiative on “alcohol countermeasures” where officers in low profile police vehicles will be dedicated to tracking down and apprehending suspected impaired drivers. Those officers have received some supplemental training in proven techniques geared toward identifying and apprehending impaired drivers. This pilot program supplements the R.I.D.E. officers conducting spot checks on Regional roadways.   After the first day of operation, those officers made two arrests for impaired driving and issued numerous suspensions on drivers who indicated a “warn” reading on roadside alcohol screening devices.  A drug arrest was also made by these officers.

The advice is simple: “IF YOU DRINK, DON’T DRIVE!”
• Use a Designated Driver or Call a cab.
• If you see as suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1.

Halton Regional Police are taking an aggressive approach to impaired driving throughout the year, not only this holiday season.  With our community partners we intend to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.  If you drink and drive in Halton Region, there is a high probability that you will be stopped, and you will encounter a member of the Halton Regional Police Service.

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