Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:53 a.m.
Russell County charges six impaired drivers during OPP RIDE campaign
The Russell County OPP detachment conducted 107 RIDE checks and charged six impaired drivers during the 2017-2018 campaign.
The OPP has now wrapped up its annual Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign for the 2017-2018 holiday season, which ran from November 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018. During this time, the OPP charged 587 drivers across the province with impaired driving. The Russell County detachment charged six impaired drivers from the 107 checks conducted in the region.
In addition to the almost-600 drivers charged with impaired driving in Ontario, an additional 366 drivers were issued a Warn Range Suspension. This means such drivers were caught with a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08. These drivers’ licenses were suspended – for three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence, and 30 days on the third.
The OPP conducted 9830 RIDE checks throughout the province this season, in comparison to the 7343 conducted last year. The OPP placed a higher focus on the campaign this year, after 44 lives were lost in alcohol/drug-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017.