Police say, members of the Special Enforcement Unit along with the Auxiliary Unit conducted RIDE spot checks in St Catharines tonight. Police checked approximately 350 vehicles and as a result they encountered several drivers who had recently been smoking marihuana just prior driving. This resulted in two seizures of marihuana and the drivers under went Standard Field Sobritey Tests to determine if they were under the influence of drugs. It was determined the drivers were not impaired. Police caution the public that using any drugs before or while driving is dangerous to thier safety as well as that of others.
Police issued a number of Provincial Offences Notices to several drivers for various offences. The Niagara Regional Police Service remain committed to reducing Impaired Driving Offences through education and the apprehension of offenders through enforcement programs like R.I.D.E. Impaired driving is still the leading cause of Criminal Deaths in Canada and destroys thousands of lives every year.
This initiative has been made possible, in part, as a result of grant funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program.
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