The OPP has released its numbers after the holiday RIDE program and say drivers still aren’t getting the message when it comes to driving while impaired.
Police say during this years Festive RIDE program that began on November 23, and wrapped up on January 2, the OPP charged 573 people with impaired driving related offences on OPP patrolled roads.
They say that just over 350 people had their licenses suspended following a roadside warning.
The numbers show the percentage of people charged with impaired driving is down slightly during the Festive RIDE program this year compared to last year, but police remind everyone that impaired driving is still considered a huge threat to public safety.
The OPP say that while the annual Festive RIDE program may be over, the public can be assured that OPP officers will remain diligent with their focus on impaired drivers by conducting RIDE stops in various random locations every day across this province.
In 2015, the OPP laid over 6000 alcohol and drug impaired driving charges.
The OPP have charged 573 people with impaired driving related offences in this province during this year’s Festive RIDE Program.
— Ontario Prov Police (@OPP_News) January 5, 2016