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Waterloo Regional Police laid 85 charges and suspensions during Festive RIDE campaign

A total of 17 Festive RIDE programs were held and 3,008 vehicles checked

From Nov. 18, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022, Waterloo Regional Police held Festive RIDE (Reducing Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs throughout Waterloo Region. The campaign aimed to raise awareness around impaired driving and to remind motorists to drive sober.

A total of 17 Festive RIDE programs were held and 3,008 vehicles checked.  A total of 85 charges and suspensions were laid, including:

  • Seven impaired-related charges (one impaired driving charge, four over 80 charges and two refuse breath sample charges)
  • 14 three-day suspensions and one seven-day suspension
  • 49 Highway Traffic Act charges
  • 4 Cannabis Control Act charges

“Impaired driving continues to be the leading cause of criminal death in Canada,” said Bryan Larkin, chief of police. “Waterloo Regional Police remain committed to removing impaired drivers from our roadways, enhancing road safety and educating the public about the dangers of driving impaired.”

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists about the dangers and risks associated with driving impaired. All young drivers, novice drivers, and commercial drivers are required to have zero presence of alcohol and/or drugs in their system while driving. 

All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and arrange for a safe ride home. If you observe or suspect a motorist is driving impaired, call 9-1-1.