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<div id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_pMainContent"> Police ramping up RIDE checks for holiday season

Posted By Gerard Creces

Posted 2 hours ago

It is not an easy task to keep Huron County's roadways safe, but Huron OPP are stepping up their presence for a fatality-free holiday season with their Fesitve RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program.
Police in Huron have set ambitious targets this year, based on their successes from previous years.
In 2008, the Festive RIDE program stopped more than 880,000 vehicles at checkpoints throughout the province, resulting in 319 criminal code, alcohol-related offences. A total of 784 12-hour suspensions were also handed out, along with 353 90-day administrative drivers licence suspensions.
Acting Sergeant Craig Soldan said the Huron OPP have set a goal to check 18,000 cars county-wide between November 27 and January 2.
Of those 18,000, officers expect to issue 12 warn-range suspensions, seven alcohol-related criminal code charges and subsequent licence suspensions, and 45 other charges related to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
"We will be trying to meet and exceed these," Soldan said. "All across the county."
A reminder for motorists who think one or two drinks is fine - anything above .05 will result in a warn and a three-day suspension of your licence.
For creatures of habit, the second warn is seven days and the third is 30.
It's a tough system, but fair, said Soldan.
"There is nothing worse than losing a loved one to someone who was irresponsible," he said. "We are trying to remove those people from the roadway.
To help meet their targets, 16 additional officers will be on the roads conducting RIDE checks, and Soldan said any day of the week there is a checkpoint set up somewhere in the county.