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OPP hand out fewer impaired charges & warnings during holiday RIDE campaign

Thursday, January 02, 2014   by: Kate Adams

OPP News Release

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ORILLIA – An early thank you to Ontario drivers seems to have paid off for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as they report significantly fewer impaired driving charge and Warn Range Suspension totals for their 2013 Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign.

The campaign ran from November 23 to January 2, 2014 and during that time the OPP laid 578 impaired driving charges and issued 481 Warn Range Suspensions throughout the province.  In comparison, during last year’s (2012) campaign, the OPP laid 693 impaired driving charges and issued 625 Warn Range Suspensions. 

While the OPP is pleased to see the numbers significantly lower in both categories, the numbers serve as a reminder that a small number of impaired drivers still threatened the lives of other road users over the holidays and they would like to see all Ontario drivers make driving sober a New Year’s resolution for 2014.

The OPP would again like to thank Ontarians who helped carry out a successful campaign by not drinking and driving, not letting family and friends drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol and for calling 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers. 

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