Over 500 RIDE stops in Port Colbourne, St Catharines on Canada Day yield just one impaired charge

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Published July 2, 2021 at 3:28 pm

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While one drunk driver on the road will always be one too many, a combined RIDE sweep by the Niagara Regional Police on July 1 in the cities of Port Colbourne and St Catharines netted just one offender.

The officers first set up a RIDE stop at Sherkton Shores in Port Colborne, stopping about 400 vehicles. From that, 12 drivers were asked to give breathalyzers.

One driver failed and was arrested on the spot, resulting in his car being impounded for seven days and his licence automatically suspended for 90 days. He will appear in court at a later date.

The police’s subsequent RIDE stop on Westchester Crescent in St Catharines saw them pull over another 120 vehicles. While four drivers were asked to give breathalyzers, none failed.

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