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Local OPP RIDE numbers encouraging

The stats are in for the 2018 OPP Festive RIDE program.

Province-wide the Ontario Provincial Police charged 539 people with alcohol/drug-impaired offences.

A further 384 drivers were issued warning range suspensions for blood alcohol concentrations in the .05 to .08 range. A total of  9,830 RIDE stops were made from November 23rd to January 2nd, 2019.

Locally the numbers were generally encouraging. Bracebridge OPP conducted 133 RIDE programs, charging four people with impaired and issuing five warning range suspensions.

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In Huntsville 10 people were charged with being impaired by alcohol, one impaired by drugs, and 8 warning suspensions from 159 RIDE programs conducted in the area.

“I am extremely proud of our officers for their commitment to keeping our roads safe over the holidays,” said OPP Interim Commissioner Gary Couture.  “Whether drivers were charged with alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving or issued Warn Range Suspensions, the bottom line is that our officers took close to 923 impaired drivers off our roads and eliminated the threat they posed to those who were sharing the road with them that day.”

Persons issued warn range suspensions – 5
Impaired/Alcohol – 4
Impaired/Drugs – 0
Number of RIDE programs – 133[/one_half]

Persons issued warn range suspensions – 8
Impaired/Alcohol – 10
Impaired/Drugs – 1
Number of RIDE programs – 159[/one_half_last]

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