Police say on the evening of Friday, May 19 and early morning of Saturday, May 20, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted R.I.D.E. checkpoints within the cities of Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.
These R.I.D.E. checkpoints coincide with the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, which is part of the week-long “Canada Road Safety Week”. Across Canada police forces are encouraged to bring extra attention to this serious problem and participate in coordinated enforcement.
Between these two locations, officers stopped approximately 450 vehicles throughout the night. Of those drivers stopped, 5 of them were required to provide breath samples for suspected alcohol consumption. Two drivers were arrested after they provided samples of their breath that registered a “Fail” on an approved screening device. Both of these drivers received an immediate 90 day driver’s licence suspension and had their vehicles seized for 7 days.
In addition to the two impaired driving arrests, police issued one driver with a 3 day licence suspension. There were also 10 tickets that were issued throughout the night for various Highway Traffic Act offences.
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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