On Saturday, December 3, 2022, members of the Niagara Regional Police partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police and the Niagara Parks Police and conducted R.I.D.E. spot checks within the City of Niagara Falls.
Throughout the night, Niagara Regional Police officers stopped approximately 400 vehicles and inquired if any of the drivers had consumed any alcohol or drugs earlier in the evening. In total, 57 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. One novice driver provided a breath sample which indicated alcohol and they subsequently had their licence suspended for a period of three days. In addition to the suspension, several tickets were also issued to drivers for various traffic related offences.
The Niagara Regional Police Service remains committed to reducing impaired driving offences through education and the apprehension of offenders through enforcement programs like R.I.D.E. Impaired driving is still the leading criminal offence causing deaths in Canada.
This initiative has been made possible, in part, as a result of grant funding from the Ministry of the Solicitor General as part of the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program.