On Friday, December 16, 2016, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted R.I.D.E. checks within the city of Niagara Falls and Thorold.
Police say that officers stopped over 500 vehicles throughout the night. Of those drivers stopped, 10 of them were required to provide breath samples for suspected alcohol consumption. As a result of providing a breath sample into an approved screening device, 1 driver was arrested for impaired driving resulting in a mandatory 90 drivers licence suspension and 7 day vehicle impoundment. An additional driver also received a 3 day drivers licence suspension.
In addition to the alcohol related charges and suspensions, officers issued over a dozen Provincial tickets to drivers in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
While the holiday season is a time to visit friends and family, the Niagara Regional Police would like to remind drivers to plan ahead so everyone can arrive alive.
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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