Number of Impaired Drivers Continues to Climb After Week #3 of OPP Festive RIDE Campaign

ORILLIA, ON, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) carried out Week #3 of their Festive R.I.D.E. campaign with a continued strong presence throughout the province.

To date Sunday, December 16, 2012 (23 days into the campaign), the OPP have charged 432 drivers with impaired driving and issued 404 Administrative Driver's Licence Suspensions (ADLS) for registering a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08 (known as the Warn Range).

With just over two weeks left in the campaign, the OPP are once again reminding everyone to plan ahead when heading out for holiday season social outings that involve alcohol consumption.  Arrange for a taxi or designated driver ahead of time, or arrange for overnight accommodations so that you do not have to drive.

If you are hosting a party and serving alcohol, offer to help your guests make those arrangements so that no one is at risk of getting behind the wheel impaired when your party is over.

For the remaining 17 days of the campaign, the OPP are hoping that every encounter they have during their RIDE stops are with sober drivers, and they are warning that those who are not will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.

The OPP Festive RIDE campaign runs from November 24, 2012 to January 2, 2013.

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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


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