CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

July 14, 2009 09:32 ET

Community Sponsored R.I.D.E. Programs a Resounding Success!

CAA North & East Ontario and the City of Ottawa's Integrated Road Safety Program Additional R.I.D.E. Programs Catch Sixteen Motorists Driving Under the Influence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 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 the final two of their four additional Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) programs for summer 2009 this past weekend in order to get impaired drivers off Ottawa's roads.

"With research clearly highlighting that impaired driving is deterred by frequent & highly visible sobriety spot checks, the additional CAANEO and IRSP co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs not only significantly assist the Ottawa Police Service in removing impaired motorists from our roadways, it also reinforces the message that under no circumstance will impaired driving be tolerated," said Korey Kennedy, Manager of Public & Government Affairs for CAANEO. "CAANEO will continue to do its utmost in addressing this extremely serious issue by conducting additional co-sponsored 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 checkpoints set up in various areas around the city between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., on Friday, July 10, and 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009, for the HOPE Volleyball SummerFest. CAANEO staff members were on hand to distribute free CAANEO key chains and information pamphlets regarding Ontario's new drinking and driving legislation that was enacted May 1, 2009, to all non-impaired drivers.

There were three stops that resulted in approximately 1,000 vehicles being pulled over between 10:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Friday and 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday. The Ottawa Police Service charged one driver with impaired driving, handed out four three-day driving suspensions, and laid numerous Highway Traffic Act charges.

Friday's R.I.D.E. stops took place on Hunt Club Road (between Antares Drive and Merivale Road) between 10:30 p.m .and 12:30 a.m., and on Isabella Street (between O'Connor Street and Elgin Street) between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m., while Saturday's stop took place on Riverside Drive (Mooney's Bay) between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

In total, the four co-sponsored R.I.D.E. programs pulled over approximately 2,600 vehicles, resulting in two motorists charged with impaired driving, fourteen three-day driving suspensions, and several Highway Traffic Act charges.

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 and often deadly crime directly. In 2008, 373 impaired driving-related collisions occurred on Ottawa roads. These collisions resulted in seven deaths and 154 injuries, 17 of them serious.

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 and East Ontario
    Ciara Cronin
    Communications Specialist
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    City of Ottawa - Integrated Road Safety Program
    Jerry Thomas
    Road Safety Coordinator
    613-580-2424 ext. 28187