The Guelph Police Service is joining our colleagues across the province for the annual Festive RIDE campaign, an enforcement and education initiative aimed at taking alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off our roads during the holiday season.

During the campaign, residents can expect to see an increased police presence as officers conduct RIDE spot checks at all times of the day. The Festive RIDE campaign is led by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

Stopping impaired driving starts with you:

  • Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. Police in Ontario are especially concerned that, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, the impaired driving rate increased by 7.1% in 2021 after two years of decline.
  • Ontario citizens are reminded to do their part during the campaign by never driving after consuming alcohol or drugs and never letting anyone else drive if they know or suspect that they have consumed either.   
  • If you know or suspect that a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs, call 9-1-1. In doing so, you may save a life.
  • Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada.

 

Impaired Driving:

  • Ontario police services remain committed to taking alcohol/drug-impaired drivers off our roads through robust enforcement and public education. 
  • Drivers are reminded that no amount of alcohol or drugs in their system is safe when driving.  
  • If you suspect someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.
  • Police rely on the public to report a crime. Impaired driving is a crime that should be treated no differently.
  • Whether you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, impaired is impaired and driving under the influence of either is a criminal offence. 
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs is dangerous and carries the same penalties as alcohol-impaired driving.  
  • If you drink or consume drugs, plan not to drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, arrange for a ride service, take public transit or come up with another plan.
  • Drivers are reminded that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening law allows police with an approved alcohol screening device to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver without having reasonable suspicion that a driver is impaired.
  • Drivers are reminded that police can issue an immediate roadside driver’s license suspension to drivers who register a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the “Warn Range” which is between 0.05 and 0.079 (cannot be equal to or exceed 80 mg. of alcohol per 100 ml. of blood).
  • Young, novice, and commercial drivers are reminded that under Ontario’s zero-tolerance law, these driver classes cannot have any alcohol in their system.

RIDE spot check