The Sarnia Police Service is reminding residents to make arrangements for a taxi or designated driver as holiday gatherings get underway this month.
The service has begun its Festive R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program, with officers conducting both stationary and mobile checks for impaired driving due to drugs and/or alcohol.
Police say a Nov. 29 R.I.D.E check led to an impaired driving charge for a 58-year-old St. Thomas man, who failed both a roadside test and Intoxilyzer test at the Sarnia Police Station.
On November 29, 2022, members of the Sarnia Police Service conducted a R.I.D.E. Program and stopped a number of vehicles. Four individuals submitted to roadside screening devices, three of which were below the legal limit.
“With the Christmas Season upon us and individuals attending gatherings the opportunity to drink and drive will increase,” a news release noted. “We would like to remind everyone to please be responsible and choose to not drink and drive.
“Make arrangements to be driven via taxi or have a designated driver. The choice you make may save a life.”