Orillia, Ontario – Ontario’s Report All Impaired Drivers (RAID) is asking motorists to affix a special window decal to their vehicles to raise awareness of the program. The program provides citizens with Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) dispatch phone numbers to call to report a suspected impaired driver.
“There is simply no place for drinking and driving on our roads,” said founder Doug Abernethy. “Far too many people have been seriously injured and killed in alcohol-related crashes. Tragedies can and do happen so quickly, and they become a time of grief and sorrow when someone recklessly gets behind the wheel after drinking.”
Abernethy said that the main components to the RAID program are awareness and education, and keeping roads safe by encouraging community involvement. The program partners with businesses that distribute material and through OPP detachments across the province, with officers distributing wallet cards and other information at RIDE check stops.
Impaired drivers can be reported directly to OPP dispatch at 1-888-310-1122, at *OPP (*677) on a cell phone, or by calling 9-1-1. Citizens should take down the license plate, a description of the vehicle and the direction in which it was travelling.
Possible signs of an impaired driver include driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed; drifting in and out of lanes; tailgating and changing lanes frequently; making exceptionally wide turns; changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance; overshooting or stopping well before traffic signals; disregarding signals and lights; approaching or leaving intersections too quickly or too slowly; driving without headlights on; failing to lower high beams; leaving turn signals on; or driving with the windows open in cold or inclement weather.
For more information, visit Ontario RAID.