CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

June 04, 2009 10:31 ET

CAA North & East Ontario and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program Join Forces to Eliminate Impaired Driving

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - In continuing in their efforts to promote safer roads for all motorists, CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) will be co-sponsoring four additional Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) programs to get impaired drivers off Ottawa's roads.

These programs, taking place in various locations throughout the City on June 5th and 6th, and July 10th and 11th, will provide the Ottawa Police Service with additional resources to target and apprehend impaired drivers. They will be the first CAA- sponsored R.I.D.E. programs conducted since new, stricter impaired driving legislation was enacted on May 1st, 2009.

The new legislation targets impaired driving by creating escalating administrative sanctions for repeat impaired drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05-0.08 (the "warn" range). Those caught on their first offence will have their license suspended for three days, seven days for a second occurrence, and thirty days for a third or subsequent occurrence.

Impaired driving continues to be a serious and often deadly problem on Ottawa's roads. In 2008, 373 impaired driving-related collisions occurred on Ottawa roads. These collisions resulted in seven deaths and 154 injuries, 17 of them serious. 81 percent of impaired drivers are male and 34 percent are between the ages of 16 and 25.

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.

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 & East Ontario (CAANEO)
    Ciara Cronin
    Communications Specialist
    613-721-3252
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    ccronin@caaneo.on.ca
    or
    City of Ottawa
    Integrated Road Safety Program
    Jerry Thomas
    Road Safety Coordinator
    613-580-2424 ext. 28187
    jerry.thomas@ottawa.ca