On Friday, January 27, 2017, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted R.I.D.E. checks within the city of Welland and St. Catharines.
Officers stopped approximately 400 vehicles throughout the night. Of those drivers stopped, 8 of them were required to provide breath samples for suspected alcohol consumption. One driver provided a sample which registered a “Fail” on an approved screening device and was subsequently arrested for impaired driving. Two additional drivers were issued a 3 day drivers licence suspension after providing a sample of their breath.
In addition to the alcohol related charges and suspensions, police say that officers issued several tickets to drivers in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
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 criminal offence causing deaths in Canada.
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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