Ottawa, Ontario – A campaign to combat drinking and driving will run this Friday and Saturday in Ottawa. The Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program, sponsored by CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) and the City of Ottawa’s Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP), held two programs last weekend that nabbed eight impaired drivers.

Approximately 1,200 vehicles were pulled over at six stops on Friday and Saturday, with the Ottawa Police Service handing out seven three-day driving suspensions, one impaired driving charge, and a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

“These additional co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs not only assist the Ottawa Police Service in removing impaired motorists from our roadways, but reinforce the message that under no circumstances will impaired driving be tolerated,” said Korey Kennedy, CAANEO manager of public and government affairs. “CAANEO and the IRSP are committed to eliminating impaired driving, and these additional R.I.D.E. programs provide a tangible way of addressing this serious and often deadly crime directly.”

The checkpoints were manned by off-duty police officers, while CAANEO employees distributed free key chains and vouchers to sober drivers.

The two remaining co-sponsored programs will be taking place at various locations throughout Ottawa on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, 2010.

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