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First round of Festive R.I.D.E. checks complete

Durham Regional Police Service completed its first week of the Festive R.I.D.E program with two days of checks, stopping more than 1,800 vehicles, and charging eight drivers with drinking and driving offences.

DRPS officers conducted R.I.D.E. checks in Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa, with the following totals (the numbers in brackets reflect 2018 first week totals for comparison):

– 1,882 vehicles stopped by the R.I.D.E. program (873 in 2018)

– Sixty drivers given roadside breath test (41 in 2018)

– Ten people received three, seven or thirty-day suspensions for registering a “WARN” (five in 2018)

– No novice drivers received a three-day licence suspension (one in 2018)

– Eight people were charged with impaired, exceed and refuse (six in 2018)

– One person was charged with other Criminal Code offences (seven in 2018)

– Forty-three drivers were charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences (25 in 2018)

Police would like to remind motorists about the cannabis laws while transporting it in a motor vehicle.

A driver cannot have cannabis in a motor vehicle when the seal of its original packaging is open and is within reach of the driver, similar to alcohol rules.