Waterloo Regional Police Festive 2017 R.I.D.E Stats Released

Posted on Friday January 05, 2018

Media Release

Waterloo Regional Police Festive 2017 R.I.D.E Stats Released

For Immediate Release:  January 5, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  During the month of December, 2017, Waterloo Regional Police held Festive R.I.D.E Programs throughout Waterloo Region to raise awareness around impaired driving and to remind motorists to drive sober.

From December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018, a total of 12 Festive R.I.D.E programs were held, along with seven regular on-duty R.I.D.E programs. During this time, a total of 2,192 vehicles were checked, resulting in 37 roadside screening/standardized field sobriety tests being conducted and six impaired-related charges being laid (two Impaired Driving charges and four Over 80 mg charges). 

During the same time in 2016, a total of 10 Festive R.I.D.E programs were held, along with 35 regular on-duty R.I.D.E programs. A total of 12,621 vehicles were checked, resulting in 40 roadside screening/standardized field sobriety tests being administered and 11 impaired-related charges laid (four Impaired Driving charges, five Over 80 charges and two Refusals). 

“Waterloo Regional Police remain vigilant about identifying and removing impaired drivers from our roadways,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “While we had a decrease in the amount of R.I.D.E programs held in 2017, we remain committed to maintaining road safety in our community and refocusing our strategy for 2018 to ensure more programs are conducted to raise awareness on the dangers of impaired driving.” 

R.I.D.E programs remain an important part of road safety as they create a visible reminder to motorists to not drive impaired. As we look towards 2018, the Waterloo Regional Police Service plans to partner with the Ontario Provincial Police to facilitate R.I.D.E programs that focus on motorists entering and exiting our community boundaries. As well, an increase in R.I.D.E programs will be held throughout the Region in preparation for the anticipated federal government’s legalization of recreational cannabis. 

“With the anticipated legalization of cannabis, it is crucial that we step up our efforts on enforcement and education to ensure our roads are free from alcohol and drug impaired drivers,” said Chief Larkin. “Driving while impaired is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in our community.”

Members of the community are encouraged to share in the responsibility for road safety by committing to:

  • planning ahead and arranging for a designated driver or public transportation
  • offering a sober ride to a friend who is impaired

  • calling 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers

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