CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

June 09, 2009 10:29 ET

CAA North & East Ontario: Community Sponsored R.I.D.E. Programs a Resounding Success!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - This past weekend, CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) co-sponsored two of its four additional Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) programs with the goal of eliminating impaired driving on Ottawa's roads. These were the first sponsored R.I.D.E. programs conducted since new, stricter impaired driving legislation was enacted on May 1, 2009.

"Ultimately, the goal behind the Club co-sponsoring these additional R.I.D.E. Programs is to help reduce and eliminate impaired driving, educate our members and the general public regarding the dangers and consequences of impaired driving, while also strengthening our community partnerships", said CAANEO Manager of Public & Government Affairs, Korey Kennedy. "Although the Club and its partners have made significant progress in educating motorists and removing impaired drivers from our roads, there are still individuals who take unnecessary risks by driving while under the influence. That is why CAANEO will continue to do its utmost in addressing this extremely important issue by conducting additional R.I.D.E. Programs throughout Ottawa on a go-forward basis."

The police officers that took part in these programs were all off-duty. Each program consisted of two checkpoints set up in various areas around the city between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., on Friday, June 6th, and Saturday, June 7th, 2009, with CAANEO staff members on hand to distribute free key chains as a token of thanks to all sober drivers.

There were 4 stops that resulted in approximately 1,600 vehicles being pulled over between 10:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Ottawa Police Service charged one motorist with impaired driving, handed out 10 three-day driving suspensions, and laid numerous Highway Traffic Act charges for violations such as driving with a suspended license and possession of narcotics.

"Given the number of drivers checked versus the number of charges laid, we recognize that Ottawa motorists are respecting the rules of the road," said Sergeant Frank Cloake of the Ottawa Police Service. "Considering the very small number of arrests made and suspensions given over the course of the weekend I can say that Ottawa motorists understand the importance of safe driving."

Friday's R.I.D.E. stops took place on the Vanier Parkway near the RCMP building between 10:30 pm and 12:30 am, and on the Cummings Bridge between 1:00 and 3:00 am, with Saturday's stops taking place on Riverside Dr between 10:30 pm and 12:30 am, and Cummings Bridge between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m.

CAA North & East Ontario, the IRSP and the Ottawa Police wish to remind everyone to make the right choice this summer - if you drink or use drugs, don't drive.

The two remaining CAANEO and IRSP co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs will be taking place at various locations throughout Ottawa on Friday, July 10th, and Saturday, July 11th, 2009.

For over 100 years, the Canadian Automobile Association has provided Travel, Emergency Road Services, Insurance, and Advocacy for its Members. CAA North & East Ontario continues to be the leading membership organization by recognizing and promoting its heritage and integrity in the community, while maximizing Members' value.

The IRSP is a partnership between the Ottawa Police, the departments of Public Works and Services and Ottawa Public Health, and community partners. The Program's goal is to reduce traffic fatalities or serious injuries by 30 percent by 2010. The IRSP is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.

Contact Information

  • CAA North and East Ontario
    Ciara Cronin
    Communications Specialist
    City of Ottawa
    Integrated Road Safety Program
    Jerry Thomas
    Road Safety Coordinator
    613-580-2424 ext. 28187