Peel Regional Police alongside MADD Canada, launched our annual Holiday Season R.I.D.E. campaign on Thursday December 14th. As you know, the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) campaign is a year-round commitment by PRP to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
Peel Regional Police has a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our Holiday Season R.I.D.E. program launched on November 12th and has already checked over 10,000 vehicles, charged 79 drivers criminally for impaired driving related offences and given an additional 70 other drivers warnings. The campaign will continue through to January as part of our ongoing and collaborative efforts to reduce impaired driving. The Holiday season campaign is marked by increased enforcement levels through the deployment of additional officers from all police divisions as well as our Road Safety Service.
We are encouraging the public to plan ahead this holiday season:
- If anyone consumes alcoholic beverages or drugs, do not drive.
- Plan for a designated driver, take public transit, call a cab or ride-sharing service
- Arrange to stay the night at a friends or family member
If you believe a driver may be impaired, call 9-1-1 when it is safe to do so. We encourage callers to provide as much detail as they can, including what they observed, a licence plate, vehicle and driver description, and the road/direction travelled.
Road safety is a shared responsibility. Peel Regional Police is committed to lowering the number of deaths and injuries on our roads by working together with our partners and the community.
We hope everyone enjoys a safe and joyous Holiday Season!