During the holidays you can expect to see RIDE programs looking for impaired drivers to get them off the roads and keep everybody safe. Just before Christmas, there was a pretty successful one in Canada's capital. The Ottawa Police RIDE program the day before Christmas Eve didn't find a single impaired driver.\nIf you live in Ontario, you've probably heard of the impaired driving check program and have maybe even gone through the roadside spots.\nThe program actually lasts the whole year but it's really amped up during the holidays to catch people who are driving drunk or while impaired by drugs.\nOn December 23 in Ottawa, the police stopped more than 250 vehicles as part of the enforcement effort and not a single driver was found to be under the influence of any sort of substance.\nOttawa Police Service tweeted about the stops and thanked local drivers for planning ahead and having a safe ride home.\nAfter posting about the successful RIDE checks on Twitter, the city force received a lot of replies from people commending the program and the drivers.\nOne person said, "Now that is a reason to celebrate!"\n"Now that is great news. Great work. Even one is [too] many," someone else said.\nAnother person gave kudos to ride-sharing and said, "Way to go Uber!"\nexcellent outcome— Lorie (@Lorie89216164) December 24, 2019\nNow that is great news. Great work. Even one is to many.— Chipy (@norcan69) December 24, 2019\nWOW! That is progress! Great job Ottawa drivers👍🏻— Arlene Deslauriers (@arlenejd45) December 24, 2019\nWay to go Uber!— Jeff (@JW3491) December 24, 2019\nNow that is a reason to celebrate! Merry Christmas to all who serve our community over the holidays. Thank you.— Dave MacD (@davidgmac9) December 24, 2019\nThe roadside checks are usually set up on major roadways and highway off-ramps and all drivers that go through the area are stopped so that everyone gets checked.\nIf the police suspect that a driver is impaired, they can ask for that driver to do a roadside breathalyzer test or drug test.\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," said Sylvia Jones, Ontario's solicitor general, in a statement to Global News.\nOn Reddit, on a post about Ottawa Police's successful RIDE program before Christmas Eve, one person pointed out that "this is actually a preemptive message to remind and warn motorists in advance of New Year's eve."\nhttps://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comments/efzhds/way_to_go/fc3w0c0?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x from https://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa\nhttps://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comments/efzhds/way_to_go/fc3ftwj?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x from https://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa\nhttps://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comments/efzhds/way_to_go/fc3l07a?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x from https://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa\nEven though there weren't only 250 vehicles on the road that night and somewhere in Ottawa someone was probably driving under the influence, that doesn't mean this isn't important and commendable.\nThis holiday's RIDE program started on November 23 and will continue on Ontario's streets until January 2, 2020.\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.