OPP wraps up annual Festive RIDE Campaign
The Ontario Provincial Police have concluded their annual Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign and the results are in.
The campaign, which ran from November 18th, 2021 until January 2nd, 2022, was led by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and involved a collaboration among Ontario police services to keep roads safe from impaired drivers.
Over the 46-day campaign, officers worked 24/7, conducting 8,370 RIDE events across the province, 1,742 being in the central region.
Across the province, 655 drivers were charged with impaired driving, and an additional 236 Warn Range suspensions were issued to those whose roadside breathalyzer tests registered a %0.08 blood-alcohol level.
In the central region, 142 drivers were charged of impaired driving, and 51 were issued warn-ranged suspensions.
The OPP would like to thank Ontario citizens for making 3,147 calls to report suspected impaired drivers during the campaign. Officers would also like to thank those who step up as designated drivers, or take other measures to ensure family and friends don’t get behind the wheel while impaired.
Members of the public are reminded that the OPP conducts RIDE events throughout the year on roads, trials and waterways. Citizens are also encouraged to continue reporting suspected impaired drivers to police. By doing so, you could be saving a life.