On Saturday, January 7, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted the first R.I.D.E. of the 2017 year.
Officers conducted the R.I.D.E. checks within the city of Thorold and stopped approximately 250 vehicles throughout the evening. Of those drivers stopped, police say 3 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, all 3 drivers were allowed to drive away after they provided samples within an acceptable range.
Police did however arrest one driver with failing to comply with their conditions, as well as issued 8 tickets to drivers. One driver was charged with driving while their licence was under suspension and another driver was issued a ticket when it was discovered that her 1 year old child was not wearing a seatbelt.
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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