A total of 117 motorists were charged with impaired driving during this season’s Festive RIDE campaign by the DRPS.
An additional 12 people were arrested during the seventh and final week of the campaign as officers set up spotchecks in Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Whitby, Oshawa and Newcastle. Those arrests brought this year’s total to 117, an increase of five from the 2017/18 Festive RIDE campaign.
“Last year, 112 had been charged. Another 111 motorists registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 days. Last year, a total of 98 drivers had their licence suspended for registering a WARN,” reads a media release from the DRPS, which also noted that roughly two dozen novice drivers received 24-hour suspensions throughout the campaign.
As well, officers laid 250 charges under the Criminal Code, including nine drug charges, and 489 under the Highway Traffic Act.
“Police would also like to remind motorists to become 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,” the media release reads.
A total of 27 charges were laid under the Cannabis Act during the Festive RIDE campaign.