RAID Ontario

RAID Ontario

June 04, 2007 15:04 ET

RAID Ontario: Take Action If You Suspect You Have Spotted an Impaired Driver

ORILLIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - The R.A.I.D. (Report All Impaired Drivers) program was launched in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police in December 2003. Citizens who believe they have spotted a suspected impaired driver are encouraged to call OPP (677) cell or 1-888-310-1122 and provide location, direction of travel, and any other details about the vehicle that could assist police in tracking it down, including license-plate information. We have made communities aware of the program by way of posters, wallet-cards, and cross-street banners.

Impaired driving is the number one cause of criminal death in Canada, and yet every impaired driving accident is preventable. By calling and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police, everyone can play a role in keeping our roads safe and in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries.

Ninety thousand wallet-cards were produced for the RAID program and have been distributed by the Ontario Provincial Police across the Province of Ontario by R.I.D.E. Teams. Community OPP officers have posted information posters in local business, malls, grocery stores, etc. Through the Ontario RAID office we provided and shipped awareness materials to various communities across Ontario.

The main components to the R.A.I.D. program are awareness, education," says R.A.I.D. founder and chair Doug Abernethy. "What we are trying to do is keep our roads safe and free of impaired drivers, by encouraging community involvement by providing the public with the information they need to make a report of a suspected impaired driver and at the same time change attitudes and behaviour. Please support Ontario RAID and make the roads in Ontario safe. The call you make may prevent a family from having to live through a horrible tragedy.

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