Six people charged with impaired driving during first week of Festive RIDE

Six people have been charged with impaired driving offenses following the first week of Festive RIDE campaign by the DRPS.

More than 870 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington.

A total of 41 people were given roadside breath tests by officers. In addition to the six formally charged, six people – including a novice driver – were given three-day license suspensions.

In the first week of last year’s campaign, more than 1,300 vehicles were stopped with charges laid against eight people. Nineteen motorists received three-day suspensions in 2017.

Police are also asking residents to be aware of the new cannabis laws while transporting it in your motor vehicle.

“A driver cannot have cannabis in a motor vehicle when the seal of its original packaging is open and is within reach of the driver,” reads a media release.

Five people were charged with drug offenses over the weekend, while seven others were charged with various offenses under the Criminal Code, police noted.

A total of 25 charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act.

A complete list of those charged with impaired driving will be posted on the DRPS website later this week.

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