Another 22 people charged with impaired driving in fifth week of Festive RIDE

Twenty-two more people have been charged with impaired driving offenses following the fifth week of Festive RIDE campaign by the DRPS.

More than 3,600 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington.

A total of 129 people were given roadside breath tests by officers. In addition to the 22 formally charged, 25 people were given three-day license suspensions.

In the fifth week of last year’s campaign, more than 2,300 vehicles were stopped with charges laid against 15 people.

A total of 69 people were charged under the Highway Traffic Act over the course of the week and more than 100 Criminal Code charges were laid.

“During a traffic stop by RIDE team members early Thursday morning in Oshawa, a driver and two passengers were investigated. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and obstruct police. The two passengers were found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. The 2018 Audi A8 they were in was reported stolen out of Quebec and seized. A total of 73 charges were laid by RIDE team members and the Major Fraud Unit,” reads a media release.

During a RIDE line check point set up in Ajax on Friday evening, a motorist conducted a U-turn to avoid the RIDE line and refused to stop for a RIDE team member. After a short pursuit with speeds reaching 70-km/h in a residential neighbourhood, the subject stopped near a residence known to the driver. Several individuals exited the residence to confront police. Charges were laid on the driver.”

Police are also asking residents to be aware of the new cannabis laws while transporting it in your motor vehicle. Seven people were charged for violating the Cannabis Act.

“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.

A complete list of those charged with impaired driving during the campaign will be posted on the DRPS website.

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