According to police, on the evening of Friday August 19, 2016, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service, Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted a R.I.D.E. check in the cities of Welland and St. Catharines.


Officers stopped approximately 600 vehicles. Of those drivers stopped 5 were required to provide breath samples for suspected alcohol consumption.  This resulted in 1 driver being arrested for having consumed over the legal limit of alcohol to operate a motor vehicle (over .80mgs).

Another driver was issued a 7 day licence suspension after registering an alert on an approved screening device.

In addition to the alcohol related charges and suspension, officers issued several Provincial offence notices 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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