Cobourg Police festive R.I.D.E kicks off in Cobourg

The Cobourg Police Service is committed to reducing impaired driving by alcohol and drugs in our community.    Law enforcement efforts by Cobourg Police have had to pivot to meet the demands of community safety throughout the pandemic. Nonetheless, being vigilant with impaired driving enforcement remain a priority at the Cobourg Police Service.

The Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere program (R.I.D.E.) starts this weekend and will continue into January 2021.  Cobourg Police Service Officers, Special Constables and Auxiliary Officers will be stopping vehicles during the checks.      

Officers investigate impaired driving, alcohol and drugs by conducting Standard Field Sobriety Tests (S.F.S.T.) and conducting breath testing when required.  S.F.S.T. were implemented in 2017 by the Cobourg Police Service.  This enables Officer’s to investigate and collect evidence for impaired driving by alcohol and specifically persons who are impaired by drugs.

Police remind motorists to be mindful when approaching a R.I.D.E. Check location. Officers will be standing in live lanes of traffic.  When you see the flashing red and blue lights, slow down, proceed with caution, and officers will guide you through the checkpoint.

The public is encouraged to visit www.RIDECHECKS.com for more information.

Make the commitment to yourself and your passengers never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.  As a passenger in a motor vehicle with an impaired driver, your safety IS compromised. Furthermore, the safety of fellow motorists and pedestrians is at risk when a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs gets behind the wheel.

Drink responsibly and make the responsible choice:

  • Designate a sober driver
  • Call a cab
  • Call a friend
  • Stay the night

Operation Red Nose Northumberland will NOT be running the safe ride service this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, we encourage everyone to follow the YMCA Northumberland Facebook pageand the Cobourg Police Service Facebook page for the ongoing online impaired driving awareness campaign.

Cobourg Police encourage the public to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911. Impaired driving is the #1 criminal cause of death in Canada and, yet, every impaired driving crash is preventable. By calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police, everyone can play a role in keeping our roads safe and in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries.

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