On Saturday, August 5, 2017, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted 2 R.I.D.E. checkpoints throughout the night.
The first location was within the City of St. Catharines, and the second location was within the City of Port Colborne. Throughout the day, both of the cities saw an influx of visitors, who attended the annual Rotary Ribfest in St. Catharines and the 39th Annual Canal Days in Port Colborne.
It was an extremely busy evening as officers stopped and spoke with approximately 800 drivers. Many of the attendees from the events arranged for a safe ride home, however, police say that there were still 13 drivers who were stopped and required to provide a sample of their breath for an analysis. This resulted in three drivers being arrested for exceeding 80 mgs of alcohol. A fourth driver was also issued a 3 day licence suspension after they provided a sample of their breath and it registered an “Alert”.
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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