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2020 TPS Impaired Driving and Holiday RIDE Update

Broadcast time: 07:30
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Unit: Traffic Services
Phone: 416-808-1900

More than 80 arrests were made for impaired driving as part of this year’s Holiday RIDE Program (November 21, 2020 to January 2, 2021).

The Toronto Police Service launched the annual checks on November 21, 2020 with the assistance of many police and community road safety partners. This included Arrive Alive Drive Sober, Crime Stoppers, MADD Toronto, Smart Serve Ontario and more - all sharing the message to reduce impaired driving everywhere.

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

Holiday RIDE Programs Deployed: 344
Impaired related arrests (alcohol and drugs) during Holiday RIDE Program: 87
3-day suspensions issued during Holiday RIDE Program: 60

Year to date (December 28, 2020) total:

Impaired related arrests (alcohol and drugs): 1,107

Sadly, 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 2020 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