5 charged with impaired driving during Guelph's Festive RIDE campaign

Guelph police say five drivers were arrested and charged with impaired driving during their annual Festive RIDE campaign.

According to a news release, six RIDE programs were conducted around the city over the holidays and about 3,330 drivers were checked by officers.

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Police said 104 drivers were tested using a breathalyzer device, and four of them registered a fail and were charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08.

Another driver was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample, police said.

Those five drivers had their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Police added that 14 drivers were issued a three-day licence suspension after their breath test showed they were driving within the warning range with a blood-alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08.

Officers also laid two charges related to having cannabis within reach of the driver.

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Compared to last season’s Festive RIDE program, Guelph police laid three more impaired driving charges this year but checked 600 fewer drivers.

Four more three-day suspensions were also issued, compared to last year’s program.

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