Officers from Ottawa’s provincial police detachment worked overtime this year, completing the highest number of vehicle checks of any police detachment in Ontario.
And those checks, completed during the Festive RIDE campaign held between Nov. 28 and Jan. 3, resulted in the most charges laid by any one detachment in Ontario.
“Our stats are way up in this office,” said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Eric Booth.
“We’re doing more vehicle checks, more drug seizures and getting more suspended drivers and more traffic and criminal charges.
“This year, things seem to be more prevalent.”
In December alone, Ottawa OPP issued 53 12-hour suspensions and charged 15 drivers with driving over the legal alcohol limit. The statistics for the full Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign are to be released later today.
More people consume alcohol during the holiday season than any other time of year, Booth said.
And people who don’t normally consume alcohol are consuming it and doing it more often, leading to increased risk of impaired driving.
The OPP operates a RIDE program throughout the year.