Festive R.I.D.E. launch - Friday November 27th at 2 p.m., Wasi Corners

Festive R.I.D.E. launch – Friday November 27th at 2 p.m., Wasi Corners

The North Bay Police Services joins other local police services and first responders for the launch of the annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign. Media are welcome to join us on Friday November 27th at 2 p.m. at Wasi Corners (corner of Callander Bay Drive and Lake Nosbonsing Road) for the campaign launch. The North Bay Police Service will be conducting R.I.D.E. traffic stops throughout the holiday season from now until January 3rd, 2016.

“Our traffic and patrol officers will be conducting R.I.D.E. stops 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. “We remind drivers to stay alert and sober when behind the wheel. We encourage 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 under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

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 five years.

Year Charges for impaired driving in North Bay and Callander
2015 (to date) 55
2014 66
2013 68 (one collision involving an impaired driver resulted in a fatality)
2012 85
2011 56

About R.I.D.E.

Reduced Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) is a traffic enforcement campaign that helps to ensure that our roads and highways are safe for drivers and pedestrians alike. While the focus for the Festive R.I.D.E. campaign is during the holiday season, the program runs across the province, all year long. Police perform spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impairment.