Sixteen people were charged with impaired driving offences during the second week of the DRPS Festive RIDE campaign.
Nearly 3,000 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Scugog and Brock Township through the week.
A total of 135 people were given roadside breath tests by officers. In addition to the 16 formally charged, 12 people were given three-day license suspensions.
“Legislation that came into effect in December 2018 gives police the power to demand a breath sample from any driver that is lawfully stopped,” reads a media release from police.
“This week, for the first time on the RIDE line, the RIDE team conducted mandatory roadside breath tests—meaning every driver entering the RIDE line was given a breath test for a prescribed period of time.”
In the second week of last year’s campaign, nearly 6,800 vehicles were stopped with charges laid against 15 people.
In addition to the impaired driving charges laid over the weekend, a total of 69 people were charged under the Highway Traffic Act.
Four people were charged with drug offenses.
“During a RIDE traffic stop, RIDE officers seized approximately 240 grams of cannabis and charged an individual with possession for the purpose of trafficking along with executing three outstanding warrants on the same person,” the media release reads.
A full list of those charged will be posted this week on the DRPS website.