Ontario Boosts RIDE Program

    McGuinty Government Doubles Funding To Fight Impaired Driving

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ -


    The year-round fight to keep impaired drivers off the province's roads is
stronger thanks to new funding from the Government of Ontario.
    The province has doubled funding to police services to $2.4 million for
this year's Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program.
    The funding will help police services conduct RIDE spot checks in 170
communities across the province. Last year, police conducted over 500,000 RIDE
spot checks, which resulted in 466 people charged.


    "Drinking and driving is a leading cause of criminal traffic deaths,"
said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
(http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio.html). "We're doubling
the funding this year to enable our police services to continue to get more
drunk drivers off the roads and make our communities safer."
    "Drinking and driving is not tolerated in Ontario - drivers who do not
get that message face some of the toughest penalties in North America," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm). "By taking drunk
drivers off our roads, RIDE is saving lives."
    "We are pleased that the Government of Ontario is responding to our
request for more funding to continue this valuable program," said Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police
(http://www.oacp.on.ca/content/corporate/index.html) President Chief William
Blair. "Since 1988, RIDE has helped police across Ontario identify and deter
impaired drivers, who put all our lives at risk."


    -  Since 1988, the Ontario government has been providing annual grants to
       help the RIDE program across Ontario.

    -  Over the past 10 years, traffic fatalities in Ontario have dropped by
       18 per cent. The number of serious injuries in drinking and driving
       collisions decreased 51 per cent - from 990 in 1996 to 484 in 2005.

    -  Since 2004, the McGuinty government has implemented a number of tough
       measures, including some of the highest fines and strictest penalties
       in North America for impaired driving.


    Learn about impaired driving programs
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/programs.htm) in Ontario.

    Consequences of drinking and driving

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7772

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