OPP Festive R.I.D.E. campaign kicks off amid increasing impaired driving deaths

Ontario drivers are likely to see more police on the roads over the next seven weeks.

As of Thursday, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officially kicked off their annual festival RIDE (Reducing Accessible Driving). The annual initiative will be especially important in 2022, as police say the number of drink-driving crashes has increased compared to previous years.

So far this year, the OPP has reported 27 deaths in alcohol and/or drug-induced collisions on roads that OPP patrols in the West Territory. In addition to these fatalities, there were 158 adverse driving incidents in which people were injured.

The Festive RIDE campaign aims to keep impaired drivers off the roads during the festive period – a time when such driving accidents tend to increase. “This year’s OPP Festive Ride starts today, November 17th and runs through January 22nd. Starting today, Ontario drivers can look forward to seeing OPP officers out and about for the RIDE 24 hours a day. 7 days a week,” said Acting Inspector Ross Stuart, OPP Western Regional Traffic and Maritime Manager.

Stewart expressed frustration that drunk driving is still a problem in the area.even had to go to one of them [accidents] It’s been very, very difficult for officers and other first responders, but my heart is always with the families and those left behind,” Stewart said.

Representatives from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) joined OPP West officials to kick off this year’s event. MADD London President Sara Neusteter explains the impact bad driving can have on innocent families. In 2014, she and her mother were hit by a DUI. Her 54-year-old mother was killed in the impact and Sara suffered serious injuries that changed her life.

“If you’ve been drinking or taking drugs, remember my story or countless others, don’t get hurt while driving,” Neusteter said. “If you get one of these [MADD] A red ribbon this holiday season, please tie it on your mirror to show your commitment to sober driving. “

Police are reminding drivers in Ontario that it’s not safe to drink any amount of alcohol or drugs while driving. Drivers should also be aware that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening Act allows police officers using an approved alcohol screening device (also known as a breathalyzer) to require a roadside breath sample from any driver legally stopped for any reason.

“Ultimately, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the holidays and spend quality time with family and friends, but we also want to make sure everyone does so in a safe way,” Stewart said. “Make the right choices this year. Safe choices . This holiday season, don’t drink or do drugs and don’t drive.”

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