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OPP have checked 2,600 vehicles in North Simcoe since starting RIDE program

One driver has been charged 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. Nov. 26, 2020 and members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been doing their part by setting up 85 separate R.I.D.E. check stops since Nov. 26, 2020 on roadways here in North Simcoe.

As of Dec. 21, 2020 officers have checked over 2608 drivers and vehicles resulting in one driver being charged for Impaired Driving and 57 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.