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Eight people charged with impaired driving as Festive RIDE gets underway

Eight people were charged with impaired driving offences as this season’s DRPS Festive RIDE campaign got underway.

More than 1,800 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa over two days.

A total of 60 people were given roadside breath tests by officers. In addition to the eight formally charged, 10 people were given three-day license suspensions. In the first week of last year’s campaign, nearly 900 vehicles were stopped with charges laid against six people.

In addition to the impaired driving charges laid over the weekend, a total of 43 people were charged under the Highway Traffic Act and one Criminal Code charge was laid.

“Police would like to remind motorists about the cannabis laws while transporting it in your motor vehicle,” reads a media release from police.

“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, similar to alcohol rules. “

A full list of those charged will be posted this week on the DRPS website.

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