CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

December 15, 2009 11:09 ET

CAA Sponsored R.I.D.E. Programs Nab Seven Impaired Drivers

CAA North & East Ontario and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program Co-Sponsored 4 Additional R.I.D.E. Programs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - This past weekend CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) co-sponsored the final 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 this holiday season.

Two previous R.I.D.E. Programs were held on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th. In total, the four co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs stopped approximately 2000 vehicles, resulting in one impaired driving charge, seven 72-hour driving suspensions and several Highway Traffic Act charges.

"The four CAANEO and IRSP co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs have proven to be a resounding success by not only getting the message across to all motorists that the City of Ottawa's Police Service and its community partners are doing their utmost in addressing this issue, but more importantly by removing impaired motorists from our roads," said CAANEO Manager of Public & Government Affairs, Korey Kennedy. "CAANEO is hopeful that these additional R.I.D.E. programs will act a reminder to all motorists that impaired driving is a serious crime that will not be tolerated this holiday season, and always."

The police officers that took part in these programs were all off-duty. Over this past weekend, the programs consisted of four checkpoints set up in various areas around the city between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., on Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, 2009, with CAANEO staff members on hand to distribute free CAANEO ice scrapers as a token of thanks to all sober drivers.

There were four stops that resulted in approximately 1100 vehicles being pulled over between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Ottawa Police Service handed out six three-day suspensions and laid numerous Highway Traffic Act charges for various violations.

The success of these programs is undeniable, but nevertheless impaired driving continues to be a serious and often deadly problem on Ottawa's roads. In 2007, 338 impaired driving-related collisions occurred in Ottawa, resulting in seven deaths and 128 injuries. CAANEO and the IRSP are committed to eliminating impaired driving, and these additional R.I.D.E. programs provided a tangible way of addressing this serious crime directly.

"These additional programs help to prevent the irreparable damage so often caused by impaired drivers on Ottawa's roads", said Integrated Road Safety Program Coordinator, Jerry Thomas. "By being visible and taking a proactive approach to this problem, the Ottawa Police and its community partners are helping to convey the message that driving while under the influence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

CAA North & East Ontario, 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.

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 Ottaawa 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