Just like chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose are signs of the festive season, so is Peel Regional Police officers looking for impaired drivers.
The Peel Regional Police RIDE program is in full swing and officers are fanning out across the region to not only catch impaired drivers but also to educate the public about impaired driving. With cannabis now legal, officers continue to educate the public on cannabis and driving.
“If you consume cannabis or alcohol and are caught impaired driving, the risk is quite high,” says Constable Alexander Scarchilli of Road Safety Services. “It results in a criminal charge, 90-day suspension of your licence and a seven-day impoundment of the vehicle you were driving.”
In 2018, from Nov. 16 to 30, more than 9,600 vehicles were investigated through the RIDE program. As a result, 23 impaired driving-related charges were laid and an additional 67 drivers had their licences suspended for being in the warning range. If you are charged, the festive season will not be so festive.