Ontario Provincial Police in the Northeast report that impaired driving charges filed during their Festive RIDE campaign were up compared to last year.
The initiative ran from November 17 to January 2 with over 1,500 RIDE stops conducted across the region.
More than 23,000 drivers were checked for sobriety.
The OPP says 68 were charged with impaired-related offences.
22 Warn Range suspensions were also issued along with one zero-tolerance suspension
“This is a disappointing increase of approximately 21% over the same time last year in NER,” says NER OPP Traffic Inspector Mike Maville. “We will continue our enforcement and education efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways, waterways and trails in order to keep the public safe.”
Provincial Police are thanking all those drivers that did drive sober and are reminding motorists the force conducts RIDE events throughout the year.