Area police conducting coordinated RIDE program this evening

On December 12, 2012 between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., police officers from Lambton County, will be conducting a large, joint, highly visible Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program at a pre-designated Sarnia-Lambton location.

Officers from the Lambton County OPP, City of Sarnia Police, and Canadian National Police, with numerous marked police cruisers and support vehicles, will be taking part in this effort.  Members from Mothers Against Drunk Driving are also expected to attend this event.

Police visibility at RIDE checks helps to not only enforce the current drinking laws, but to also educate and influence motorists to reduce driving speed, wear seatbelts and choose to not drive aggressively or while distracted.  By focussing on these common factors, the goal is to reduce injuries and ultimately to save lives in Sarnia and Lambton County.

“We will continue to work with many partners including the media, MADD, schools, citizens, Lambton Safe Roads Committee and other community organizations in our collective dedicated efforts to make our roads impaired driver-free and safer for all,” said Sgt. Tim Ives, who heads Traffic Services for Lambton OPP.

Province-wide, during the 2011-2012 holiday season, OPP RIDE programs resulted in 682 drivers being charged with Impaired Driving.  An additional 583 drivers were issued Warn Range suspensions for registering a Blood Alcohol Concentration between .05 and .08.

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