More Festive RIDE checkpoints in Muskoka, fewer impaired drivers for 2017
OPP shoulder flash (stock photo)
The OPP in Muskoka is ramping up its Festive RIDE checkpoints.
Between November and January, Bracebridge and Huntsville OPP had 184 checkpoints throughout the district. In 2016, there were 61 between the two detachments. Bracebridge saw a drop in the number of drivers charged with impaired driving from nine to five, while Huntsville had six both years.
The number of drivers that registered a warn during a roadside breathalyzer test was up. In 2016, Bracebridge had two drivers get a warn and this year there were five. Huntsville went from two to three. A warn means a driver has a blood alcohol level between .03 and .08. A driver that gets a warn for the first time can have their licence suspended for three days.
Across the province 587 drivers were charged with impaired driving. Police say 29 of those drivers were impaired by drugs.