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Local OPP have checked close to 1,700 drivers, vehicles since RIDE program began

One person has been charged with impaired so far
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The Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Program started across the province at 12:01 a.m. November 26, 2020 and members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been doing their part by setting up 54 separate R.I.D.E. check stops since Nov. 26, 2020 on roadways here in North Simcoe.

As of Dec. 14, 2020 officers have checked over 1681 drivers and vehicles resulting in one driver being charged for Impaired Driving and 56 drivers have registered a "pass" reading on the Roadside Screening device. The officers are participating in a Road Safety effort to reduce the incidence of impaired driving on area roadways here in North Simcoe by conducting R.I.D.E. check stops, proactive traffic patrol and by promoting the MADD Canada Project Red Ribbon .

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver or operator please "Make the Call" and dial 911 and help prevent a crash.