Ontario Police have launched a large-scale traffic blitz in an effort to keep our roads safe following day one of legal marijuana. Police departments all over the province are taking road safety very seriously in the wake of legalization. Officers have set up multiple RIDE checkpoints, laid charges, and will continue to be extra vigilant on the roads this week to ensure that drivers are following the rules.
According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the provincial police department's RIDE check last night with Barrie Police and South Simcoe Police resulted in a number of charges.
In the event that you pass through one of the many RIDE checkpoints throughout the province this week, here are some of the basic things you should do and be aware of to stay out of trouble.
“Joint”😏 #RIDEChecks with @SouthSimcoePS @BarriePolice @OPP_CR last night— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) October 18, 2018
•Impaired by drug - Cannabis
•Over 80 - Alcohol
•Cannabis available to driver
•3 day suspension
🚫🍺or🚬 and 🚗#DontDriveImpaired #DriveSafe #LegalizationInCanada pic.twitter.com/yLDQY8MK5j
Duh, right? Well, clearly this wasn't so obvious to some Ontario drivers. Charges laid last night included driving under the influence of alcohol as well as driving under the influence of cannabis.
Driving with pot in the car
This is also a big no-no. Just like it's illegal to have alcohol inside a vehicle (aka available to the driver) it's also illegal to have pot inside a vehicle. Charges last night also included "cannabis available to driver." South Simcoe Police also a car over when an officer witnessed a passenger drinking a beer in a vehicle. Empties were found all over the inside of the car.
Our sharp-eyed officer heading to a #RIDEChecks location tonight stopped a vehicle after spotting the passenger drinking a beer. Driver charged with breach of probation x2 after alcohol registered on roadside breath test. #dontdrinkanddrive #DontDriveHigh #CannabisLegalization pic.twitter.com/kCzhwWoi41— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) October 18, 2018
Driving while texting
Again, this is a hugely obvious one. Yet, a police blitz in Ajax has resulted in over 50 charges in the last two days. According to Durham Regional Police Services, most of the charges were for handheld devices. "When you're driving, please put your phones away!" they said in a tweet.
A two-day roadway safety blitz in Ajax resulted in over 50 tickets - mostly for handheld devices. When you're driving, please put your phones away! https://t.co/N7zmybHsjl— DurhamRegionalPolice (@DRPS) October 18, 2018
Does it get any more straightforward than that? If you're reading this shaking your head, join the club! The blitz will go all the way until Sunday. So, if you don't want to get your license taken away or end up in the slammer, please be smart.