THUNDER BAY – A dozen impaired drivers have been taken off roadways through Festive RIDE checkpoints so far this holiday season.
Thunder Bay police have nabbed 10 motorists under the influence of alcohol and another two drug-impaired drivers during their annual campaign, as of statistics updated on Thursday.
Those numbers are only drivers apprehended at checkpoints and do not include others arrested by uniform patrol during traffic stops or collisions.
Blitzes during the first weekend at the start of the month resulted in four impaired drivers – three who had been drinking and one high on cannabis. During the three subsequent weekends, there was a total of seven more drunk drivers and one more drug-impaired driver.
As well, police have issued six three-day warn range suspensions compared to 17 last year.
In 2017, the city police's RIDE campaign caught 15 drunk drivers, another two who were under the influence of drugs and two others refused to provide breath samples during the course of the campaign.