It may have been the first year for legal cannabis use in Ontario, but that didn't mean a flurry of charges for drug-impaired driving.

Instead, only one charge was issued for drivers impaired by drugs, and that was in Thunder Bay. In the region, impaired driving stats for the northwest region show 37 people were charged, and another nine were warned.

Across the province, impaired driving was down over the holidays this year. The OPP reports taking 539 drivers off the road this year, down 48 from 587 last year. Still, officers report 42 alcohol or drug related deaths on OPP-patrolled roads this year.

The Festive RIDE campaign was held between Nov. 23 and Jan. 2 across the province. In addition to the charges across Ontario, 384 drivers where issued with warn range suspensions for having a blood alcohol concentration in the .05 and .08 range.

Officers conducted a total of 10,270 stop events throughout the province during the campaign, marking the first time the number of OPP RIDE stop events exceeds the 10,000 mark. 

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