R.I.D.E. Campaign Launch: Wednesday November 26th, 2014 at 2 p.m., Wassi Corners
The North Bay Police Service joins its policing partners for the annual R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign. The North Bay Police Service will be conducting R.I.D.E. traffic stops throughout the holiday season from now until January 2nd, 2015.
“Our traffic and patrol officers, as well as our drug recognition experts, will be working diligently over the holiday season to ensure that the citizens of North Bay and Callander are safe on our roads,” said Chief Paul Cook, North Bay Police Service. “While we wish everyone a happy holiday season, we also remind everyone that safety is a shared responsibility. We ask drivers to stay alert and sober when behind the wheel. We also ask the public to help us stop impaired drivers, before they harm themselves or others, by calling 911 if they know or suspect someone is driving drunk or stoned.”
Media are invited to the R.I.D.E. campaign launch, which will take place on Wednesday November 26th at 2 p.m. at Wassi Corners (corner of Callander Bay Drive and Lake Nosbonsing Road). Inspector Rob Jerome and Acting Sergeant Joe Whitehead of the North Bay Police Service will be present along with representatives from partnering police services.
Impaired Driving Statistics for North Bay and Callander
The North Bay Police Service’s Traffic Section reports the following statistics regarding charges the Service has laid for impaired operation of motor vehicle over the past four years.
Charges for impaired driving in North Bay and Callander:
- 2014 (to date): 63
- 2013: 68 (one collision involving an impaired driver resulted in a fatality)
- 2012: 85
- 2011: 56
Reduced Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) is a traffic enforcement campaign that started in 1977 as “Reduce Impaired Driving in Etobicoke.” The program, which helps to ensure that our roads and highways are safe for drivers and pedestrians alike, is now run by police services across the province, all year long. Police perform spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impairment.