To the Timmins Police Service, the results of this year’s Festive RIDE program are “modestly encouraging”.
From early December until the new year, officers on roadside spot checks and other enforcement activity charged five drivers with criminal offences related to impaired driving.
Communications coordinator Marc Depatie says that compares to nine a year ago, and six the year before.
“Our officers maintained a steadfast presence on area roadways in the hopes that their presence would resonate with the motoring public, who would be celebrating later in the day, perhaps, and took it into account that they have to plan ahead,” Depatie reports.
“We did have a collision involving an impaired driver, two persons injured on the 12th of December,” he says. “This of course we deem to be a completely preventable set of circumstances. The outcome could have been far more tragic.”
Among the criminal charges for impaired driving offences against the five drivers are two for refusing to provide a breath sample.