The Kenora and Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments have released their findings from their Festive Reducing Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign.

Starting in Dryden, along with the Ignace Detachment conducted 107 Festive RIDE programs, from November 18, 2021, to January 2, 2022, while charging two people for impaired driving.

Throughout the length of the campaign, the OPP received 3,147 calls to police to report suspected impaired drivers across the province.

The OPP would like to thank all those who stepped up as designated drivers or took other measures to ensure family and friends did not get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Moving down the road to the Kenora OPP detachment, officers conducted a total of 96 RIDE programs from November 24, 2021, to January 2, 2022.

Across the North West Region of the OPP officers charged 76 drivers with impaired operation and issued five suspensions to drivers who registered a "warn" on the roadside screening device.

North West Region officers conducted 1,516 RIDE checks, which is more than double the number conducted in 2020, which was 727.

The OPP wants to remind drivers they conduct RIDE programs throughout the year on roads, trails, and waterways. Citizens are encouraged to continue reporting suspected impaired drivers to the police.

The campaign is run by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with local OPP detachment centers.  

The campaigns' main goal; keep roads free of alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired drivers.