Festive RIDE program firing up across Durham Region

Starting Wednesday (Nov. 15), the Durham Regional Police will be out in full force in an effort to combat impaired driving during the 2017 Festive RIDE campaign.

The blitz will see roadside checkpoints established throughout the region leading into the holiday season and new year.

Over the past six years, more than 750 impaired drivers have been removed from area roads, police said. During last year’s campaign, 99 motorists were charged with impaired driving, a drop from 118 charged in 2015/16.

“This DRPS traffic initiative is an annual commitment to keep our roads safe for citizens in our community,” reads a press release.

The start of Festive RIDE runs in conjunction with the launch of the Durham chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving’s annual Red Ribbon campaign.