Oktoberfest RIDE results in over 110 charges

Media Release

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Between October 10, 2019 and October 19, 2019, members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service held R.I.D.E (Reducing Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs throughout the Region of Waterloo.

The nine day R.I.D.E program held throughout Oktoberfest resulted in 7,270 vehicles stopped and 111 charges being laid, including:

  • Eight Impaired by Alcohol related charges
  • 33 Seatbelt related charges
  • Six Novice Driver (presence of Alcohol or Drug) related offences
  • 59 Highway Traffic Act related charges, including No Validation, Obstruct Plate, Improper Tires, Fail to Surrender Permit and/or Insurance
  • Five Cannabis Control Act charges

Officers continue to be concerned with the number of motorists failing to wear their seatbelt or failing to secure children properly. The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists that seatbelts are designed to save lives and reduce injury. Not wearing a seatbelt or securing children in their seat can result in a fine of $240 and two demerit points.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists about the dangers and risks associated with driving impaired. All young drivers, novice drivers, and commercial drivers are required to have zero presence of alcohol and/or drugs in their system while driving. 

All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and arrange for a safe ride home. If you observe, or suspect, a motorist is driving impaired, call 9-1-1.

Media Inquiries:

Constable Ashley Dietrich
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
ashley.dietrich@wrps.on.ca    
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