The numbers are in.
And the results are “simply unacceptable.”
Nearly 400 drinking drivers were stopped in Brampton and Mississauga during a six-week campaign targeting impaired-related offences.
The 2017 Festive Season RIDE campaign focused on removing drivers – impaired by drugs or alcohol – from roads.
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Overall, 24,129 vehicles were investigated across Brampton and Mississauga.
As a result of the campaign, 191 people were arrested and charged with alcohol and/or drug-related driving offences.
A total of 197 drivers were issued ‘warn range’ driver’s licence suspensions.
While the numbers are down from a year ago, it’s “simply unacceptable that police continue to identify significant numbers of individuals who continue to risk the lives of innocent road users and themselves by driving while impaired,” said Peel Regional Police Insp. Paul Pogue from the road safety unit.
Here’s how it breaks down by city, gender, and age.
Roughly 108 charges were laid in Mississauga and 83 charges were laid in Brampton — of them, 152 drivers were males and 39 were women.
And 66 per cent of those charged were between the ages of 21 and 40.
The campaign ran from Nov. 18 until Jan. 2.
The 2016 Festive RIDE saw 33,011 vehicles stopped — 215 drivers were charged, while 208 blew a ‘warn.’
Police are reminding residents that road safety is a shared responsibility.
Photo courtesy of Peel Regional Police