OPP releases ‘halfway’ Festive RIDE Campaign results

WELLINGTON CTY. – Local police have released the halfway results of the county’s annual Festive Ride Campaign.

From Nov. 23 to Dec. 12, Wellington County OPP officers conducted 53 RIDE programs through which thousands of drivers passed. The results include:

– 95 reported collisions (12 resulting in injuries and one fatal collision), two of which were impacted by drug or alcohol use;

– 15 warning range (50-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood) suspensions; and

– 10 impaired/over 80mg charges.

Police are warning the public “there won’t be any procrastination,” noting the Festive RIDE campaign runs until Jan 2.

“Members are out in full force,” OPP officials state.

“If you’re a driver in Wellington County, expect to see OPP initiating contact with users and reducing the number of impaired drivers.”

Police are also stressing drivers can be impaired by drugs such as marijuana or prescription medicine.

“Be a good neighbour and call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is driving impaired,” police urge.

“You could end up saving a life.”