The Niagara Regional Police Service conducted a R.I.D.E campaign in St.Catharines and Thorold on September 29th, stopping about 350 vehicles.
Of those drivers spoken to 4 were required to provide a roadside breath sample for suspicion of being over the legal blood alcohol level of .80 mgs. One driver failed to provide a breath sample. This driver was subsequently arrested for the criminal offence of failing to provide and further issued a 90 day license suspension and 7 day vehicle impound.
A standard field sobriety test was conducted on two drivers for suspicion of drug impairment. Both drivers did not display the indices required for impairment.
In addition, numerous fines were issued to drivers in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and St. Catharine’s bylaw for one driver not having the appropriate licensing to operate an Uber.
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 cause of Criminal Deaths in Canada and destroys thousands of lives every year.
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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