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OPP report less impaired charges during Festive RIDE

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 03, 2014 - 11:25 AM |
Significantly fewer people were caught drinking and driving this year during the Ontario Provincial Police's Festive RIDE campaign. File photo.

Significantly fewer people were caught drinking and driving this year during the Ontario Provincial Police's Festive RIDE campaign. File photo.

Significantly fewer people were caught drinking and driving this year during the Ontario Provincial Police's Festive RIDE campaign.

OPP officers laid 578 impaired driving charges and issued 481 warn range suspensions throughout the province from Nov. 23 to Jan. 2.

Last year, the OPP issued 693 charges and 625 warn range suspensions in the same time frame.

While the OPP said it is pleaded to see the number lower this year, the fact 578 people were charged with impaired driving serves as a reminder that a small number of impaired drivers threatened the lives of others.

“The OPP would like to thank Ontarians who helped carry out a successful campaign by not drinking and driving, not letting family and friends drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol and for calling 911 to report suspected impaired drivers.”

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