Orillia, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have wrapped up the annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) initiative, checking over 1,099,021 vehicles on OPP-patrolled roadways from November 26 to January 2.

The police charged 294 people with impaired driving, over .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or for refusal to comply with a demand to provide a breath sample. An additional 5,011 charges were laid for other offences under the Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act or Liquor Licence Act.

Officers also issued 256 administrative driver’s licence suspensions for criminal code-related drinking and driving offences, and 605 suspensions for BAC in the “warn range.”

In 2009, the R.I.D.E. initiative checked 1,199,280 vehicles, resulting in 299 persons charged with criminal code alcohol-related offences, along with 5,195 charges for other Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act or Liquor Licence Act offences, and 746 warn range suspensions.

Preliminary statistics indicate that during 2010, a total of 330 people were killed on roads patrolled by the OPP, with 68 of them alcohol-related, an increase of 17 alcohol-related deaths from 2009.

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