On Friday, June 11, 2021, members of the Niagara Regional Police conducted R.I.D.E. spot checks within the City of St. Catharines.
Between the hours of 5:00 p.m.and 10:00 p.m., officers attended Arthur Street near Sunset Beach, after police had received numerous complaints from local residents regarding the concern of impaired drivers. During this time, officers stopped approximately 450 vehicles. A total of 15 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. As a result one driver provided a sample that resulted in an “Alert” and subsequently had their licence suspended for a period of three days.
Police also attended Lakeport Rd. near Port Dalhousie and stopped another 100 vehicles. A total of five drivers were requested to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. Each one provided a sample that was within the acceptable range.
The Niagara Regional Police Service remain 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.