On Saturday, May 22, 2021, members of the Niagara Regional Police conducted R.I.D.E. spot checks within the Town of Port Colborne and the City of St. Catharines.
Throughout the night, officers stopped approximately 660 vehicles and inquired if any of the drivers had consumed any alcohol or drugs earlier in the evening. In total, 26 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis.
One driver provided a sample of their breath that resulted in a “FAIL” and was arrested. As a result, their vehicle was seized for 7 days, they were charged with a criminal offence and their driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days.
Additionally, two other drivers provided samples that resulted in an “ALERT”, and subsequently had their driver’s licence suspended for a period of three days.
Police issued three tickets for persons having open liquor in a motor vehicle, and six additional tickets for seatbelt or driving 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.