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Impaired driving arrests at all-time high in 2018

Date Published: 2019-01-07

Impaired driving, or at least the interception of it, appears to be at an all-time high, according to the final 2018 figures from the Thunder Bay Police Service.

With the conclusion of the Festive RIDE season, the police service is reporting that 178 people were arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle in 2018, up from 175 in 2017. That figure, however, is consistent with the significantly increased number over the past few years. In the first half of the decade, the number of impaired drivers arrested per year averaged 120.

First Weekend of Festive RIDE Nets Results

Date Published: 2018-12-05

One weekend into the Thunder Bay Police Service's Festive RIDE season, and officers are already seeing the increased impact of cannabis on impaired driving. 

Festive RIDE 2018 Launch

Date Published: 2018-11-22

Area police services joined forces Thursday afternoon to officially launch the 2018 Festive RIDE season.

A ceremonial kickoff event took place in front of the Mac’s Convenience store on Arthur and Franklin Streets. Police services taking part in the Festive RIDE program include the Anishinabek Police Service, CP Police, CN Police, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Festive RIDE 2017 comes to an end

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.

Drug Arrest

Date Published: 2018-01-01

On January 1st, 2018 at approximately 3:40 am an Officer detailed to the Thunder Bay Police Service Festive RIDE program observed a vehicle travellin

RIDE nabs five impaired drivers

Date Published: 2017-10-30

It was a busy weekend on Thunder Bay roadways.

As communicated in a previous media release, Thunder Bay Police were out conducting RIDE (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere) stops Friday and Saturday evening.

The following are the frightening results of those stops:

Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere (R.I.D.E)

Date Published: 2017-10-27

Thunder Bay Police Service through the support of the R.I.D.E. program will once again be on our roads Friday and Saturday night conducting RIDE checks, focusing on drivers impaired by Alcohol and/or Drugs.

Our goal is to bring awareness to the public and encourage citizen's to make a plan for a safe fun evening.

Plan your ride home. Don't Drink and Drive.

There will be many strange sightings this weekend so don't let your fun be ruined by frightening events such as being injured or worse from making the wrong choice.

R.I.D.E. Program Results

Date Published: 2017-09-25

The TBPS conducted a four hour R.I.D.E. Program on Friday, September 22, 2017. During this time frame approximately 250 vehicles were stopped and checked.

Officers arrested three drivers for driving with over 80mg of alcohol in their blood as well as issued a three day suspension and charged one suspended driver. 

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Happy Family Day! RIDE program last night yielded a drug-impaired driver, a suspended driver, and an alcohol warn-r… https://t.co/wMAvGjpnQd
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I'd like to add that a great deal of confidence is also found in the high five lines. https://t.co/4aher4FRdZ

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