Week #1 of OPP Festive R.I.D.E. campaign shows that drivers continue to endanger lives over the holidays

AURORA, ON, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Just a little over a week into the OPP's Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign, the OPP has been busy taking impaired drivers off our roads, in an effort to prevent the tragic loss of life during the holidays.

To date (from November 24 to December 2, 2012), 151 drivers have been pulled over in R.I.D.E. stops and charged with impaired driving and 152 drivers were issued immediate Warn Range driver's licence suspensions. 

Since the campaign got underway on November 24, OPP R.I.D.E. stops have been conducted throughout the province and the OPP is warning drivers that their high visibility will persist in the weeks to come.

According to the OPP, no amount of alcohol is "safe" and guaranteed to give you a low breath test reading, and they will continue to issue Warn Range suspensions to those who register a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08.

The OPP is once again reminding drivers who are out drinking, that it is far easier to come up with a game plan to get home than to get pulled over in a R.I.D.E. stop, lose their licence and lose possession of their vehicle on the spot.

The OPP is also asking the public to help keep everyone safe over the holidays by calling 9-1-1 to report impaired drivers.  In doing so, you could be saving lives!

Members of the public are invited to join the OPP on Facebook to share their views and stories about impaired driving, as well as the OPP's Festive R.I.D.E. campaign.

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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:  
Sergeant Dave Woodford  
Phone: (416) 553-5471

Central Region:  
Sergeant Peter Leon   
Phone: (705) 329-7414

East Region:   
Sergeant Kristine Rae  
Phone: (613) 284-4557

Northeast Region:  
Inspector Mark Andrews         
Phone: (705) 471-0704

Northwest Region:  
A/Sergeant Anne McCoy  
Phone: (807) 274-3322

West Region: 
Sergeant Dave Rektor 
Phone: (519) 652-4156