OPP Officers in East Region took 98 impaired drivers off the road over the holidays. Over 2,200 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs were conducted between November 23 and January 2.

Another 54 people were issued automatic drivers’ licence suspensions after registering a warning through roadside screening.

Acting Inspector Marc Hemmerick says it’s disturbing that so many drivers are choosing to put their own lives, and the lives of everyone else on the road, in danger. He noted whether you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, getting behind the wheel can have deadly consequences.

The OPP says RIDE programs are not just part of the festive season – they can happen anywhere, anytime. If you suspect someone is impaired, call 9-1-1.

Written by Jennifer Westendorp