The OPP is launching its Festive R.I.D.E. program across the province.

The OPP East Region says there is an increase in both alcohol and drug-related impairment on the roads over this time last year.

Constable Catherine Yarmel, Community Safety Officer with the Killaloe OPP, says these types of tragedies can be prevented. She says police are encouraging drivers to make the safe choice this holiday season.

The program started on Monday and runs until January 2nd, 2016.