On Saturday the 30th November 2013, the Barrie Police Service will be kicking off its Festive R.I.D.E. campaign for 2013/2014. R.I.D.E. programs will be conducted throughout the festive season at all times during the day and evening, with Police Officers and Auxiliary Officers deployed at numerous locations of high traffic frequency.
Motorists can expect officers at these locations to conduct a zero tolerance for drinking and driving as well as the use of drugs while operating a vehicle. Drivers are reminded that the penalties for operating a vehicle while impaired will result in your immediate arrest, an immediate 90 day license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and a potential long term license suspension resulting from a criminal conviction.
With this in mind the Barrie Police Service-Traffic Unit would like to remind drivers that if you intend on consuming alcohol, please arrange for an alternative means of transport home. Arrange for a designated driver, use a taxi, a designated driver service, or take public transit. Any means of getting home is better than operating a vehicle while under the influence which can lead to tragic result for everyone.
In partnership with other Police Services in the region, and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Barrie Police is committed to keep our streets free and clear of impaired drivers this year. If you make the wrong choice, you will be held accountable!