SMITHS FALLS, ON) -Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) across East Region conducted 2289 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs between November 23, 2019 and January 2, 2020.

Officers arrested and charged 98 people for Impaired Driving related offences, while another 54 motorists were issued various Automatic Drivers’ Licence Suspensions after registering in the warning range on the approved roadside screening device.

“It’s disturbing to see that so many drivers are choosing to put their own lives, and the lives of everyone else on the road, in danger,” said Acting Inspector Marc Hemmerick, OPP’s East Region Traffic and Marine Manager. “Whether you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, getting behind the wheel can have deadly consequences.”

RIDE programs are not just part of the festive season. They can happen anywhere anytime. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, please call 9-1-1. You could be saving lives.

Please do not call 911 or other police phone lines to ask about road conditions. Those lines are needed for true emergency calls. To learn the latest on road conditions, visit the Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information site 511on.ca. It’s filled with valuable resources. You can also follow @511ONEastern or @511Ontario.

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