On Friday November 11th, 2022, members of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) conducted R.I.D.E. spot checks in the City of St. Catharines and the City of Niagara Falls.
Throughout the night, officers stopped approximately 600 vehicles and inquired if any of the drivers had consumed any alcohol or drugs earlier in the evening. In total, 13 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. One driver provided a sample resulting in a “fail” and was subsequently arrested. Their vehicle was towed for 7 days and their licence was suspended for 90 days. Two other drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis, resulting in an “alert” and subsequently had their licences suspended for a period of 3 days.
Several Provincial Offence Notices (tickets) were also issued to drivers for various traffic related offences, including one driver who attempted to avoid the R.I.D.E. spot check. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was determined to be operating their vehicle with a suspended driver’s licence and no valid insurance.
The Niagara Regional Police Service remains committed to reducing impaired driving offences through education and the apprehension of offender’s through of enforcement programs like R.I.D.E.
Impaired driving remains the leading criminal offence causing death 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.