Ontario-wide Festive RIDE campaign launched today in Mississauga


Published November 17, 2022 at 10:57 am

Police from across Ontario were in Mississauga this morning (Nov. 17) to launch the OPP’s latest Festive RIDE campaign targeting impaired and drunk drivers.

Highway Safety Division officers with OPP and representatives from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) officially kicked off the Ontario-wide 2022 Festive RIDE campaign at the Mississauga OPP detachment in Meadowvale.

The annual road safety initiative runs Nov. 17 through Jan. 2.

During the OACP-led campaign, police beef up their presence on the roads in search of impaired drivers and set up daily checkpoints where they conduct roadside spot checks.

During the first month alone of the 2021 holiday season RIDE campaign, OPP cops across the province laid more than 1,000 impaired driving and related charges.

Police said during that period they laid 874 impaired driving charges and another 127 people were charged with either dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving or evading police.

Another 269 people were charged with street racing or stunt driving in that period.

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