Toronto Police Service Holiday RIDE Season begins this weekend,
Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Saturday, January 2, 2021
Broadcast time: 12:00
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Unit: Traffic Services
The Toronto Police Service will be clamping down on impaired driving over the holiday season as part of the annual RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.
The campaign will take place from Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Saturday, January 2, 2021, in a bid to urge drivers to drive sober at all times. Instead of 'one for the road' it should always be 'none for the road'.
The aim is zero alcohol and drugs when behind the wheel during this year’s festive season. Unfortunately, impaired driving still remains one of the leading causes of road deaths and is a contributing factor in many collisions.
The Toronto Police Service has modified our approach to the Holiday RIDE Program. New protocols, training and personal protective equipment have been implemented into our campaign to ensure the safety of the public and our officers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RIDE spot checks will be deployed every night throughout the city, in addition to the drinking and driving enforcement in divisions across Toronto.
In 2019, 854 RIDE spot checks were conducted in our city. A total of 1,858 impaired-related charges were laid, including 164 drug-related charges. Similarly, 220 driving suspensions were issued during the spot checks.
So far in 2020, 179 RIDE spot checks were conducted in our city. A total of 1,370 impaired-related charges were laid, including 86 drug-related charges. Similarly, 138 driving suspensions were issued during the spot checks.
The message to drivers this holiday season is clear: expect to see more officers in communities conducting spot checks for impaired driving.
See our video here for more information.
If you suspect someone is driving impaired on our roads, consider it to be a crime in progress and call 9-1-1.
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Sergeant Jason Kraft, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services