AURORA, ON, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Impaired driving is a public safety
problem year-round but sadly the threat only worsens during the
holidays according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The OPP is conducting its annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired
Driving Everywhere) campaign from November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012
and is reminding motorists that province-wide R.I.D.E. stops will be
highly-visible throughout the holiday season.
During last year's R.I.D.E. campaign (2010-2011), the OPP laid 308
impaired driving charges and issued 903 Warn Range and Administrative
Driver's License Suspensions.
Impaired driving continues to be the leading cause of criminal death in
Canada. As of mid-November (2011), 40 people have died in
alcohol-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads and highways compared
to 75 this same time last year (2010). While the number is down
significantly this year, even one alcohol-related death is one too many
and motorists need to be more proactive in eliminating these
preventable fatalities altogether according to the OPP.
"Year after year, our Festive R.I.D.E. campaign proves effective in
taking impaired drivers off our roads. If you're drinking, come up
with a plan that involves not driving such as taking a cab, a bus or have a designated driver. Don't drink
and drive, don't let those who are drinking drive and be sure to report
those who do". - C/Supt. Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety
Thinking of refusing a breath test?
Think again. Motorists who refuse a breath test will be charged with a
criminal code offence and immediately have their driver's license
suspended for 90 days.
Think you can have a few drinks and be sure you'll blow under the legal
Think again. Drivers who blow in the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
"Warn Range" of .05 to .08 pose a danger to themselves and other road
users. If caught driving in the warn range, you will receive an
immediate 3-day driver's licence suspension at the roadside and the
suspension period increases with subsequent offences to 7 then 30 days.
Think your family and friends won't report a loved one or other driver
who takes to the wheel while impaired?
Think again. The last thing people want to deal with over the holidays
is the devastation of losing a loved one to an impaired driver. The
OPP is asking Ontarians to help them crack down on impaired drivers
this holiday season. If you suspect an impaired driver, call 9-1-1.
We Want to Hear From You
The OPP encourages the public to sign up and participate in our social
media discussions by following the links to our French and English
social media accounts posted on the front page of the OPP website. Give us your thoughts about impaired driving and show your support
for the officers who will be working around the clock to make sure that
you and your loved ones have safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Consequences of Drinking and Driving
Drinking and Driving - Get the Facts
Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2015
Strategy to Reduce Impaired Driving 2010
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| Contacts by OPP Region: |
| Highway Safety Division: || || Sergeant Dave Woodford || || Phone: (416) 553-5471 |
| Central Region: || || Constable Peter Leon || || Phone: (705) 329-7414 |
| Eastern Region: || || Sgt. Kristine Rae || || Phone: (613) 284-4557 |
| Northeast Region: || || Inspector Mark Andrews || || Phone: (705) 475-2600 |
| Northwest Region: || || Sergeant Shelley Garr || || Phone: (807) 473-2734 |
| Western Region: || || Sergeant Dave Rektor || || Phone: (519) 652-4156 |
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