It’s that time of year again when a night out at a Christmas or office Party could end up costing you an extra $15,000. That’s the cost you’ll be facing if you decide to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol beverages.
On Thursday, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, RCMP, OPP and Anishinabek Police Service kicked off the Festive RIDE program that will run until January 1, 2018.
The RIDE program is a year long initiative, during the holiday season police services increases their presence on area roads.
Sgt. Ray Magnan of our Traffic Services Division says drinking and driving is still a major problem year long but especially during the holiday festive season. “Last year we had four impaired driving charges after checking a total of 2,763 vehicles in the city limits.”
That four too many for city police. “We don’t like to see increases in December, we’re hoping for zero charges”
“People need to have a plan before they even head out the door, having a designated driver, making arrangements for a taxi or public transit” Magnan said.
If you are charged and convicted, be prepared to pay heavily with your wallet. If a person blows over the legal limit, it’s an automatic suspension of the driver’s license for 90 days and the vehicle is impounded for seven days right on the spot.
By the time a person pays for legal costs, fines and insurance, it could end up costing a person up to $15,000, Magnan told media.
With legalization of marijuana coming up in the Summer of 2018, Police are ramping up for an increase in drug impaired driving offenses. “We’re in the process of that, we’re doing training province-wide” Magnan said.