Alarming Rate of Drinking And Driving In Durham Region

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12
The DRPS stopped more than 2,400 vehicles and charged 27 drivers with drinking and driving offences during their Festive R.I.D.E program.
 
Durham Regional Officers conducted RIDE checks in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry, Uxbridge and Clarington with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2015 second week totals for comparison):
 
2,493 (1,795)            Vehicles stopped by R.I.D.E.
104     (125)               People given Roadside Breath Tests
23        (18)                 People received “3 Day Suspensions” for registering a “WARN”
0          (3)                   Novice Driver received a 24hr Licence Suspension
27        (21)                 People were charged with Drinking and Driving Offences
38        (30)                 Criminal Code Charges
4          (8)                   G1 G2 / Young Driver Licence Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition
39        (56)                 Charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences
1          (2)                   Drug Offences
 
After the second week, the Festive RIDE team has charged a total of 46 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 39 had been charged.  Another 42 motorists have registered a WARN on a roadside screening device and had their driver’s licence suspended for 3 days.  Last year at the same time, 39 driver’s had their licence suspended for registering a WARN.

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