Peel Regional Police caught over 400 drinking drivers this holiday season on random spot checks, which is a 23% drop compared to the previous year. But, police estimate that they stopped 40% fewer vehicles in 2016, so there really was not a reduction in drunk driving crime.
Over the holiday season 215 drunk drivers were charged, and another 208 drivers were warned. The annual R.I.D.E “Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere” campaign wrapped up last week, and statistics are starting to roll in about the drunk driving stats.
The drinking and driving rates of impaired driving in the 6-week time frame of the campaign remains alarmingly high. This proves more work needs to be done to control this widespread public safety issue.
Between Nov 19, 2016 to Jan 2, 2017 police did random drunk driving checks in the area to help save lives. The stats are scary and show that drinking and driving continues to be a serious problem in Ontario.
• 33,001 vehicles were stopped by police for showing signs of impaired driving
• 215 drivers were charged with drunk driving
• 113 people were in Mississauga & 102 people were in Brampton
• 208 drivers were found to be just under the legal limit of alcohol, and were given a strong warning, and their licenses were suspended for 3 to 30 days
• 69% of charged offenders were between the age of 21-40, and the majority were male
• On average 5 local residents were arrested due to drinking & driving each day during the RIDE campaign
This campaign aims to raise awareness for Canadian drivers on the dangers of impaired driving during the holiday season and encourages motorists not to drive drunk.
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