Hamilton Police Service Will Receive Additional Provincial Funding to Help Keep Impaired Drivers off the Road Year-RoundPublished on December 09, 2019
Hamilton — The Hamilton Police Service will receive an additional $43,662.00 in funding through the province’s Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant to help detect impaired drivers and keep our streets and highways safe.
This is part of the government’s $2.4 million investment in targeting drunk driving. It will enable a total of 172 police services across the province to carry out this important road safety mission throughout the year.
“With this funding, our Hamilton Police Service officers will be able to conduct regular roadside spot-checks and education campaigns needed to detect impaired drivers and keep our roads safe,” said Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP, Donna Skelly “It will help cover officers' overtime and paid duty RIDE activities, and that’s really important.”
In the last decade in Ontario, more than 1,700 lives have been lost and over 25,000 people injured in collisions involving an impaired driver. With the legalization of recreational cannabis last year, roadside spot-checks have proven even more crucial.
“Impaired drivers, whether by drugs or alcohol, can be found on the road every single day — not just around the holidays,” said Solicitor General Jones. “It’s simple – don’t get behind the wheel if you’re impaired – make alternative arrangements to get home. This single decision can save your life and the lives of others.”
As Ontarians prepare for the holiday season, they are reminded to make plans to get home safely whether by arranging for a designated driver, ordering a taxi or rideshare or taking public transit. They should also take immediate action if they see someone who may be impaired by arranging a ride for them, suggesting alternate arrangements, or even calling 911 if someone is a risk to themselves and others.
All municipal and First Nations police services and OPP municipal contract locations are eligible for funding under the RIDE grant program.
Drivers who are found to be driving while impaired will face penalties immediately. They may also face additional consequences later if they are convicted in court. Impaired driving penalties can vary depending on the driver’s age, licence type, the amount of alcohol or drugs in their system, and how many times they have been convicted.