Officers with local OPP detachments are continuing with their Festive RIDE program this year, as police aim to take alcohol and drug impaired drivers off of local roadways.

In the first week of the provincial campaign, which began on November 21 and ends on January 2, over 1,800 stops were made. 121 impaired driving charges were laid and officers handed out 54 suspensions for being in the warning range.

In 2019, officers with the OPP conducted over 8,800 RIDE stops with over 600 impaired driving charges laid. Nearly 3,300 calls warning police of suspected impaired drivers were also placed during last year’s campaign.

The province says an OPP officer with an alcohol screening device can demand a breath sample from any driver without having reasonable suspicious that they have consumed alcohol.

Officers also say they will have drug screening equipment that detects cannabis and cocaine in a driver’s saliva. These devices are used to enforce Ontario’s zero-tolerance restrictions for drivers under the age of 21.

Anyone who suspects a driver to be impaired is asked to call 911 to report them to police.