You better not pout, you better not cry, and you better not get behind the wheel and do a little impaired driving because if you do, the Ontario Provincial Police are on the lookout for you this holiday season. They’d like to remind you that the 2015 RIDE program has officially kicked off the holidays and they’ll stop at nothing to end the carnage on Ontario roads.
RIDE, also known as Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, has been in operation since 1977. Although the program is known for road side checkpoint during the busy holiday season, RIDE operates all year long. You can find a RIDE checkpoint on roadsides and off ramps, and each checkpoint will involve multiple squad cars and a large trailer for processing impaired drivers. There may even be a tow truck standing by to tow away vehicles of people who decided to drink and drive.
This year RIDE is focused on both impaired drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and impaired drivers who are under the influence of drugs. Ontario has seen an increase in drugged driving, and with the government proposal to legalize marijuana, law enforcement believe they’ll be seeing more drivers under the influence of both illegal and prescription drugs.
Just because there isn’t a breathalyzer that can be used to detect drugs doesn’t mean drugged drivers should relax about RIDE checkpoints. Ontario Provincial Police have drug recognition officers who can quickly determine someone’s level of impairment.
Although RIDE checkpoints are publicized before they’re set up, Ontario police would also like to remind you that sharing the location of a RIDE checkpoint on your social media channels to ‘warn away’ people is a really bad idea. By doing so you could let a drunk driver avoid being stopped, and that person he or she kills or crashes into could be you or someone you love.