Fifth week of Festive RIDE sees 13 people charged with impaired driving

Thirteen people were charged with impaired driving offences during the fifth week of the DRPS Festive RIDE campaign.

More than 3,000 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Scugog and Brock Township through the week.

A total of 108 people were given roadside breath tests by officers. In addition to the 13 formally charged, 13 others were given license suspensions.

In the fifth week of last year’s campaign, more than 3,600 vehicles were stopped with charges laid against 25 people.

“After the fifth week, the Festive R.I.D.E. team has charged a total of 81 motorists for drinking and driving offences.  Last year at the same time, 87 had been charged,” reads a media release from police.

“Another 69 motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 days. Last year at the same time, 85 drivers had their licences suspended for registering a WARN.”

In addition to the impaired driving charges laid over the weekend, a total of 49 people were charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

Nineteen criminal charges were also laid.

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

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