Perth County OPP laid five impaired driving charges and issued two licence suspensions for drivers having a blood alcohol level in the warning range during its 2014 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.
Those numbers are nearly on par with the Festive RIDE statistics from 2013. However, Perth County detachment Insp. Steve Porter says they still serve as a reminder that a small number of drivers threaten the lives of other road users by consuming alcohol and making the decision to get behind the wheel.
"Our officers will continue their emphasis on making Perth County roads as safe as possible by their tireless work at RIDE programs, regular patrols and timely traffic initiatives,” he added.
Perth County OPP kicked off its campaign – part of a province wide initiative to create visibility and increase awareness pertaining to drinking and driving throughout the holiday season – on Nov. 24. Over 40 days officers conducted a total of 181 spot checks at various locations throughout the county. Nearly 10,000 drivers were spoken to.
The RIDE checks also resulted in other drug, liquor, and Highway Traffic Act charges.
Perth County OPP conducted 20 more RIDE programs than last year's campaign. The increase is partially due to the “green” December and the ideal driving conditions.
Officers investigated 31 per cent fewer collisions in December 2014 than in December 2013.