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[TPS] – 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program, Final update‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program, Final update

Monday, January 9, 2012 – 2:14 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1920

The Toronto Police Service 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program has concluded as of January 1, 2012. A total of 2,232 officers carried out 556 spot-checks and dedicated 6,798 hours to the Holiday R.I.D.E. program in Toronto.

A comparison to the final results in 2010 is provided.

Final spot-check summary 2011 (day 37)

– spot-checks conducted: 556
– drivers tested: 2,552
– charged over 80 (includes all Over 80 charges): 100
– charged refuse (includes all fail/refuse charges): 20
– charged impaired: 26
– issued warn-range suspension: 270
– issued 90-day suspension: 118
– suspensions issued: 388
– vehicles impounded: 227
– total people charged: 123
– total drinking and driving charges laid: 146

As a result of the Toronto Police 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. campaign: one in every 20 drivers tested at a spot-check resulted in the driver being arrested for a criminal drinking and driving offence (2010: one in every 33 drivers tested).

Furthermore, one in every nine drivers tested resulted in a warn-range driver’s licence suspension (2010: one in every 10 drivers tested).

These numbers reflect the Toronto Police Service R.I.D.E. spot-checks only.

Final spot-check summary 2010 (day 37)

– spot checks conducted: 336
– drivers tested: 1,805
– charged Over 80 (includes all Over 80 charges): 49
– charged refuse (includes all fail/refuse charges): 5
– charged impaired: 22
– issued warn-range suspension: 177
– issued 90−day suspension: 50
– total suspensions issued: 227
– vehicles impounded: 129
– total people charged: 60
– total drinking and driving charges laid: 76

The Toronto Police Service conducts R.I.D.E. spot-checks throughout the year to ensure that citizens arrive at their destinations safely and will continue to work cooperatively with members of the public to heighten society’s awareness of the dangers associated with impaired driving.

Together we can make a difference by sending a strong message to our communities that impaired driving will not be tolerated.

Plan ahead. Don’t drink and drive.

For further information, contact Toronto Police Service Ride Coordinator, Constable Wendy Johnston, at 416-808-1954.

The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at Traffic Services on Twitter and Facebook.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Wendy Johnston, Traffic Services

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