OPP launches RIDE campaign in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Durham, Halton and Niagara

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Published November 16, 2022 at 11:42 am

OPP are putting motorists in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and across Ontario on notice that they’re once again stepping up efforts to get drunk drivers off the road.

Highway Safety Division officers with OPP and representatives from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will officially launch the Ontario-wide 2022 Festive RIDE campaign tomorrow morning (Nov. 17) 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 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.

Meanwhile, Peel Regional Police will kick off their annual holiday season RIDE effort targeting Mississauga and Brampton drivers next week.

While they conduct RIDE spot checks year-round, Peel cops increase those efforts significantly in November and December.

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