CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

December 07, 2009 14:11 ET

CAA North & East Ontario Sponsors Successful R.I.D.E. Programs This Holiday Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - In a continuing effort to promote safer roads for all motorists, 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 this past weekend, in order to get impaired drivers off Ottawa's roads this holiday season.

"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 CAANEO Manager of Public & Government Affairs, Korey Kennedy. "Unfortunately, even though the risks, penalties and consequences regarding impaired driving have been clearly conveyed to the general public for numerous years, there are still motorists willing to break the law and jeopardize not only their safety but the lives and wellbeing of other motorists and pedestrians."

The police officers that took part in these programs were all off-duty. Each program consisted of checkpoints set up in various areas throughout Ottawa between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., on Friday, December 4th, and Saturday, December 5th, 2009, with CAANEO employees present to distribute free CAANEO ice scrapers as a token of thanks to all sober drivers.

"The City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program is happy to have co-sponsored the R.I.D.E. initiatives with the CAA North & East Ontario that took place this past weekend", said Jerry Thomas, Road Safety Coordinator for the City of Ottawa. "Working together with community partners is the best way to demonstrate that impaired driving will not be tolerated by the City and the community."

There were three stops that resulted in approximately 1000 vehicles being pulled over between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Ottawa Police Service handed out 1 three day driving suspension, 1 impaired driving charge and laid numerous Highway Traffic Act charges for various violations.

Friday's R.I.D.E. stops took place on Riverside Drive, near Heron between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., and on Woodroffe Avenue and Greenbank Road between 1:00 and 2:30 a.m., with Saturday's stops taking place on Merivale and Woodroffe Avenue between 10:30 p.m. and 2:15 a.m..

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. In 2007, 338 impaired driving-related collisions occurred in Ottawa, resulting in seven deaths and 128 injuries.

CAANEO, the IRSP and the Ottawa Police wish to remind everyone to make the right choice this holiday season - 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, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, 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
    613-721-3252
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    ccronin@caaneo.on.ca