On Saturday, September 17, 2016, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted R.I.D.E. checks within the city of St. Catharines in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Annual Wine Festival.
Police say that officers stopped over 600 vehicles throughout the night. Of those drivers stopped, 18 of them 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.
Two other drivers were issued 3 day licence suspensions after registering an alert on an approved screening device.
In addition to the alcohol related charges and suspensions, officers issued 10 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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