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2019 TPS Impaired Driving/Holiday RIDE Update

Broadcast time: 06:00
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Traffic Services

The Toronto Police Service launched its 2019 Holiday RIDE Program on November 29, 2019 with the assistance of many police and community road safety partners. Our partners, Arrive Alive Drive Sober, Crime Stoppers, MADD Toronto, Smart Serve Ontario and more, joined Holiday RIDE spot checks throughout the City sharing the message to reduce impaired driving everywhere.

The Toronto Police Service are releasing the following 2019 impaired driving statistics:

2019 Impaired related arrests (alcohol): 1,117
2019 Impaired related arrests (drugs) : 75

Holiday RIDE Programs deployed: 305
Impaired related arrests (alcohol and drugs) during Holiday RIDE Program : 122
3-day suspensions issued during Holiday RIDE Program: 51

Partnerships and community involvement are critical. For every person arrested for impaired driving, there are more that go undetected.

Police want everyone to see impaired driving as a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 if they suspect someone is driving impaired. Know that even one alcoholic drink can reduce someone’s ability to react when things suddenly happen.

In 2019, thousands of people made that call to 9-1-1 and we thank you. To all our community partners, media and volunteers that helped create safer roads through awareness, education and enforcement, we thank you. To everyone that planned ahead, aimed for zero and continue to contribute to safer communities, we thank you.

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Sergeant Jason Kraft, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services