Waterloo Regional Police Check 22,889 Vehicles During its Festive R.I.D.E Program

Waterloo Region, Ontario – From November 23, 2018 to January 1, 2019, 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. 

A total of 53 Festive R.I.D.E programs were held and 22,889 vehicles checked. As a result, 36 impaired-related charges were laid (13 Impaired Driving charges, 21 Over 80 charges and two Refuse Breath Sample charges).

As well, a total of 31 three-day suspensions were issued, and 271 Highway Traffic Act charges, 16 Criminal Code charges and 12 Cannabis Control Act charges were laid. 

“Road Safety is a top priority for the Waterloo Regional Police Service and our members remain committed to ensuring our roads are kept free from impaired drivers,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “It is disappointing to see that motorists continue to make the decision to drive while impaired and we will continue our enforcement efforts until everyone gets the message that impaired driving is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.” 

R.I.D.E programs remain an important part of road safety as they create a visible reminder to motorists to not drive impaired. The Waterloo Regional Police Service conducts R.I.D.E programs throughout the year to remind the public to:

  • Plan ahead and arrange for a designated drive home or public transportation
  • Offer a sober ride to a friend who is impaired
  • Call 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers.

Media Inquiries

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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