KAWARTHA LAKES-so far this year Kawartha Lakes Police Service has laid 51 impaired driving charges.
Last night officers launched the Festive R.I.D.E throughout our community.
R.I.D.E stands for reducing impaired driving everywhere. The Festive R.I.D.E Campaign is coordinated by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, funded by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and in collaboration with police services across Ontario. The programs’ goal is to keep our roads free of alcohol- and drug- impaired drivers.
According to provincial data, more than 1,700 people have died and over 25,000 people have been injured in collisions involving an impaired driver in the last decade in Ontario.
As the festive season gets underway and members of our community prepare to celebrate the holidays, we remind everyone to make plans for a safe ride home. There are many alternative options such as a designated driver, taxi, public transit or stay the night. If you suspect an impaired driver, take immediate action by making that lifesaving call and dial 9-1-1.
Learn more about the consequences and penalties of driving impaired: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/…/safety/impaired-driving.shtml