Durham police say they’ve taking more impaired drivers off the road so far this year during their Festive RIDE Campaign compared to the same time last year.
During Week 5, they stopped more than 1,580 vehicles during RIDE checks in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington.
Another 11 people were charged with impaired driving, bringing the total number of drivers charged so far during this year’s campaign to 58. Last year at the same time, 43 had been charged.
Another 12 drivers registered a WARN on a roadside screening device this past week and had their driver’s licence suspended for three days, which is a lot more than this time last year, when only for had registered a WARN.
A complete list of those charged will be posted on the Durham police website later this week under “Hot Topics.”
Here’s the breakdown for Week 5 (the brackets reflect 2020 fifth week totals):
1587 (1550) Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
46 (44) People given Roadside Breath Tests
7 (4) People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
5 (0) Novice Driver received a 3, 7 or 30 Licence Suspension
11 (7) People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
2 (18) Criminal Code Charges
56 (79) Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
1 (0) Drug Offences
File photo courtesy of DRPS