Festive RIDE 2017 comes to an end

Incident Date
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 14:15
Location
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2018-01-02

With the end to 2017 comes the conclusion of the Festive Ride Program.

The success of a program such as Festive Ride is a double edge sword. The Thunder Bay Police Service had it most successful R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driver Everywhere) season in recent history.

That is a great accomplishment and speaks well of the officers involved and their diligence towards reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads of Thunder Bay.

Now the other side of the sword, Leading into the 2017 Festive Ride, Thunder Bay Police and numerous other partners within the community were busy speaking about the dangers of impaired driving and the various ways of getting home safely. It appears that the message is not being heard.

Since the launch of the Festive Ride program on November 21st, 2017 there has been 30 impaired drivers arrested and charged. The Ride program caused the arrest of 19 of those drivers. A further 14 drivers were issued 3 day suspensions for providing a warning on the roadside device and another 18 drivers were found to be driving with suspended licences.

R.I.D.E offcers also found and issued 24 hours suspensions to numerous novice and young drivers.

For the year of 2017 175 people were charged with impaired driving offences in Thunder Bay.

The focus of the Festive R.I.D.E may have come to its conclusion but the focus on Impaired Driving by the Thunder Bay Police will continue.

Please Drive Responsibly

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