It's the holidays and Toronto Police will be extra vigilant about inspecting the roads. The Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) initiative is in full force, and the police are taking a zero-tolerance approach to impaired driving. The RIDE program in Toronto will last throughout the year as they crack down on drivers until January 4.  

Toronto Police and Traffic Services are warning drivers that they will be heavily on patrol this coming week. 

In one tweet, TPS Traffic Services even informed Ontarians that, "Additional @TorontoPolice officers will be out all weekend conducting #HolidayRIDE enforcement."

One of the main reasons for this crack down is due to the fact that impaired driving is still one of the main reasons for criminal death in Canada, according to a news release

The RIDE program made over 800 spot checks in Toronto in 2018. 1,200 breathalyzer tests were administered, and 60 drivers were charged with impaired driving. 

In addition to this, 161 driving suspensions were issued in Toronto in 2018. 

In 2019 so far, there have been 1,062 impaired driving-related offences, according to the Toronto Police

The police are already hard at work administering random stops and making sure people are not driving impaired

With so many people travelling to their destinations for the holidays, Toronto drivers can expect to run into a RIDE program over the next week.  

If you decide to have a few drinks, please get a designated driver or take other forms or transportation home.

Toronto's not the only area undergoing massive randomized stops. 

The OPP is hard at work on highways across Ontario looking to catch drunk drivers. Over 280 vehicles were stopped last night on December 19 for one of their RIDE programs. No charges were laid. 


So far, 111 drivers have been charged, and 57 have been handed warn-range suspensions, according to the OPP West. 

Drive safe this holiday season.

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