With the holiday season just around the corner, there will be more officers on the road starting this weekend. The Ontario Provincial Police will begin their holiday Ontario RIDE program on November 23, 2019. The program will run until January 2, 2020, as part of their annual effort to curb impaired driving during the holidays.\nWith the holidays soon in full swing, officers are warning the public that festive RIDE checks are returning to Ontario's roads.\n“With festive parties and holiday gatherings just around the corner, plan ahead and don’t drive impaired,” says Ontario’s solicitor general, Sylvia Jones to Global News.\n“It is a serious criminal offence to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and police officers across Ontario have the tools to detect impaired drivers.”\nAccording to Global News, police are going into the holiday season with “enhanced tools and authorities” as mentioned by the OPP.\nWith an approved screening device, the OPP says officers who lawfully pull over drivers during the RIDE check or during a traffic stop can actually ask for a breath sample. This can occur whether or not officers are under the suspicion that alcohol has been consumed by the driver.\nAlcohol consumption isn't the only thing that counts as impaired driving. Global News reports that police also have drug-screening equipment that detects cannabis and cocaine in saliva samples.\nThe #OPP #FestiveRIDE campaign begins today. If you're celebrating for any reason with alcohol or drugs...before begin, make a plan on how you are getting home safe #AimForZero 🚫🍺🚘 pic.twitter.com/hfwmbuITGo— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) November 22, 2019\n"Whether you're impaired by alcohol or drug, there is no place for you on our highways in that condition," says OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in a Twitter video.\n"What we want everyone to do is make good decisions. If you're out there celebrating with alcohol, have a designated driver or have an option."\n#RIDEChecks happen every day of the year. This holiday season #AimForZero and never drive impaired.The OPP #FestiveRIDE runs Nov 23-Jan 2. #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/PPiMXUt96w— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) November 13, 2019\nJust a few months ago, Schmidt said that 43,000 collisions have occurred on OPP-patrolled roads this year alone, many of which are related to impaired driving. The number has increased since then.\nIt is also important to remember that new drivers, commercial vehicle drivers and young drivers who are currently under the age of 21 are not allowed to have any alcohol or drugs in their system, according to police.\nJust don't drink and drive.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.