Fewer drunk drivers, fewer checks during SD&G RIDE campaign

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – SD&G O.P.P. caught fewer drunk drivers over the holidays, though there were fewer officers setting up spot checks compared to the year before.

The results from the Festive RIDE campaign in the United Counties released Monday shows five drivers were charged with impaired driving, compared to nine that were charged during the 2014-15 campaign.

However, officers had conducted 73 per cent more spot checks the year prior (269 checks compared to 155 this year).

Four people received a 12-hour licence suspension after the breathalyzer triggered a warning, compared to 15 last season.

“While it is encouraging to see a reduction in impaired driving offences, there are still some that continue to make poor choices. RIDE checks will continue throughout the year to deter this potentially tragic habit,” said SD&G Detachment Commander Brendan MacDonald.

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