Three ‘alert’ suspensions after 500 cars pulled over in St. Catharines, Welland RIDE checks


Published March 13, 2023 at 1:22 pm

In perhaps the quietest Niagara Police RIDE check since the holiday season began, the police issued only three ‘alert’ suspensions after pulling over 500 drivers in St. Catharines and Welland on Saturday night (March 11).

In Ontario, drivers licences are suspended for three days but drivers are not charged for blowing between 0.50 and 0.80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

However, while not legally impaired, the penalties for an “alert” or “warning range” offence are immediate and cannot be appealed in court. In addition, the offence is recorded onto your driver’s record.

That said, a handful of other tickets were issued, including one driver who was charged with having care or control of their vehicle with cannabis readily available and two young drivers (under 22 years of age) whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above zero.

The Niagara Regional Police Service remains committed to reducing impaired driving offences through education and the apprehension of offenders through enforcement programs like RIDE. Impaired driving remains the leading criminal offence causing death in Canada.


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