The Cobourg Police Service 8completed its Festive RIDE program last weekend.
This year, officers were re-deployed from regular duties to focus a concerted effort at reducing impaired driving by both alcohol and drugs. New this year was the introduction of SFST examinations. Known as Standard Field Sobriety Test, this better enables officer to collect evidence for impaired driving, specifically by drugs.
Also, there was a joint RIDE initiatives with Port Hope Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.
Here are the statistics for the month:
Total vehicles stopped: 4325 vehicles
Impaired/Over 80 mg Arrest/Charge: 4
Controlled Drug & Substances Act: 3 youths diverted to Rebound
Three Day licence suspensions: 8
Roadside Screening tests: 39
Highway Traffic Act Charges: 10
Liquor Licence Act Charges: 2
Standard Field Sobriety Test: 4
The Cobourg Police Service say although there were multiple arrests for Impaired Driving and other warnings issued, the residents and guests to the Town of Cobourg overall were “very mindful to the dangers of driving while their ability was impaired by alcohol or drugs. Given the high number of vehicles stopped, the instances of impaired driving were low.”
Staff of the YMCA Northumberland and their volunteers also assisted for the Operation Red Nose program. Over nine nights there was not one person arrested for impaired driving.
“This community collaboration has made a very positive impact on road safety in the Town of Cobourg,” police stated.