Police see “significant decrease” during Festive RIDE program


Over the past several weeks officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service partnered with officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Anishinabek Police Service and the local RCMP for the 2016 Festive Ride Program.

This year, 2763 vehicles were checked.  As a result, 1 three day suspension was issued and 4 Impaired Driving Charges were laid.  Of note, on New Year’s Eve 700 vehicles were checked and all had sober or designated drivers giving friends and family rides.  Not a single impaired driving charged or 3 day suspension issued was issued on that day.

This represents a significant decrease from 2015 where 2171 vehicles were checked, 6 three day suspensions were issued and 7 Impaired Driving Charges were laid.

We would like to thank our media partners and all community members who have helped us to get the message out and reduce impaired driving in our area.  The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is committed road safety.  We will continue to work with our partners to develop and implement safe driving initiatives to ensure the safety of the motoring public.