The Sault Ste. Marie Police’s Festive RIDE program is still underway. Officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police checked 317 vehicles with the following results:
1 roadside test was administered where the driver registered a pass.
3 Provincial Offence Notices for various Highway Traffic Act offences.
The Festive RIDE program will continue conducting roadside checks for the remainder of the Holiday Season, so if you are going to drink have a plan on how you are going to get home safely.
Drivers are reminded if you are charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, being over the legal limit or refusing a breath test they are subject to an immediate 90 driver’s license suspension and a 7 day vehicle impoundment. Upon conviction a driver will lose their license for one year and be subject to a heavy fine. A second conviction will result in the three year license loss and 14 days in jail. A third conviction will result in a life time suspension with 90 days in jail. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service releases the names of all persons charged with impaired related offences as well.
If you suspect a driver is impaired, call 911 to report it. Still too often drivers are making bad decisions and choose to drive while impaired.
You can do your part to keep our roads safe as well:
-If you have been drinking take a cab or arrange for a designated driver
-Don’t combine prescription drugs, illegal drugs and/or alcohol
-Don’t use illegal drugs
Let’s ensure that this Holiday Season is a safe one.