The municipality of Durham, Ontario has been serious about eliminating drunk driving for a long while. Recently the Durham Police have stepped up their efforts to catch and convict impaired drivers by purchasing a new RIDE command vehicle which will enable them to do their job more often and more efficiently.
Under the aegis of RIDE, checkpoints are set up to watch for and test drivers whose ability might be compromised by alcohol or drugs. Over the past three years, over 300 drivers have been caught.
However, the program requires use of a vehicle which is sometimes required for other duties. The new command vehicle will be dedicated to catching DUIs.
The $100,000 vehicle is equipped with breathalyzer equipment and a private phone for arrested persons to speak with their lawyers. These and other features are designed to help the police efficiently process arrests on-site, rather than having to transport suspects to a police station.
RIDE has a high profile during the Christmas holidays, when it is called Festival RIDE. The police were also out in force during Super Bowl Sunday, to catch any revelers who had made the foolish decision to drink and drive.
Best of luck to the Durham Regional Police in their efforts to keep pressing the issue of drunk driving. We hope the new vehicle helps boost the success rate of a very worthwhile program.