The OPP expanded its RIDE program to include daytime hours to discourage people from driving after maybe having one too many daytime drinks at events, such as office holiday parties. Local police forces across the GTA have also indicated they’ve started or plan to start doing random daytime checks as well.
On Friday in Toronto, OPP officers stopped drivers near Dufferin Street and Highway 401. It may have seemed early, but police officers said no matter what the hour, there’s a chance someone is drinking and driving.
“We find people that are impaired early in the morning, all through the day,” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.
He said some of those impaired driving cases stem from people going to the bar during the day, but it could be someone who had a heavy night and was still over the limit while driving home the next morning.
So far, the OPP hasn’t reported any alcohol-related fatalities on the province’s highways during the holiday season.