Impaired driving charges in this year’s St. Thomas Police Festive RIDE Program were down. 5 people were charged with impaired driving this year which is down slightly from 6 in last year’s campaign. Impaired driving by drug charges doubled this year with two people being charged.
Overall this year’s numbers are down compared to last year.
Corporate Communications Coordinator Tanya Calvert says that she thinks the numbers were down because people were making smarter choices.
All of the charges came from officers on general patrol.
Corporate Communications Coordinator Tanya Calvert says that this is a result of impaired driving being top of mind for all officers year round, but especially during December.
Calvert says that this year was unlike any other year with the legalization of Cannabis and the change to the criminal code for impaired driving which came into effect midway through the campaign.
In total more than 2,000 vehicles were inspected at 7 RIDE check points in the City during the campaign.