Impaired Driving Charges Over The Holidays

New numbers from the Ontario Provincial Police show that alcohol-impaired driving is still a problem in the Ottawa Valley.

The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say they charged six drivers with impaired driving over the course of their festive R.I.D.E. checks between November 23 and January 2.

They also laid one drug-impaired driving charge and issued five roadside driver's licence suspensions for drivers who registered in the "warn" range.

Meanwhile, the Renfrew detachment of the OPP laid twelve impaired driving charges during that same time period.

Renfrew OPP say they did not file any drug-related driving charges, but in addition to the impaired driving charges, they did also issue eight roadside driver's licence suspensions.

The two detachments conducted a combined total of more than 500 R.I.D.E. checks during the campaign.

The end of the festive campaign doesn't mean police will let up on the effort to reduce impaired driving.

They warn that several other R.I.D.E. checks are planned for unannounced times and locations throughout the year.