St. Catharines RIDE spot-checks have just one impaired charge but a handful of other offences


Published January 9, 2023 at 2:46 pm

Motorists often forget that when they’re stopped in a RIDE spot-check, the Niagara Police are checking for more than just impaired driving.

That’s what happened last night (January 8) when the Niagara Police set up two RIDE spot-checks in separate areas of St. Catharines.

Between the two checks, officers stopped 500 vehicles and while they did find one impaired driver, they also found a handful of other offences.

The police reported at 8:10 pm, they pulled up the plates on a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and found out the 35-year-old driver from Thorold was driving with a suspended licence. He was instantly charged.

In the end, police said 22 drivers were required to provide a sample of their breath for analysis.

At 8:55 pm, they noticed the driver of a 2011 Honda Civic had stopped 50 meters shy of the RIDE check. Sensing the potential reason why, the police went over and told him to pull up to the check.

The 51-year-old resident of St. Catharines had to provide two samples of his breath, both of which registered over two times the legal limit.  His driver’s licence was instantly suspended for 90 days and his vehicle has been impounded for seven days.

On top of those two charges, 14 other Provincial Offence tickets were issued for various offences such as driver and/or passenger fail to properly wear seatbelt, using a licence plate not authorized for the vehicle and failure to produce ownership.

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