Aurora, Ontario – More drivers have been charged with impaired driving in Ontario during the first four weeks of a police campaign than in all of last year’s campaign.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report that as of December 20, 2011, 835 impaired drivers have been pulled over in stops for the Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign. Of that, 455 drivers were charged with impaired driving, and 380 were issued immediate “warn range” suspensions for having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08. 

“Last year, 308 persons were charged with impaired driving over the entire 2010-2011 Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, and it’s extremely disappointing to hear that 455 persons have been charged with impaired driving already, with almost two more weeks to go in the campaign,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. “We’ve been very clear about how dangerous impaired driving is and how consistently this driving behaviour kills and injures innocent people, so there are no excuses for this behaviour continuing the way it is.”

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