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Monday, December 03, 2018

R.I.D.E. to Keep Everyone Safe over the Holidays

If your holiday festivities include alcohol or cannabis, protect yourself, your future, and your loved ones by planning ahead for a safe ride home.

With the theme of #KnowWhatImpairedMeans, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) launched their annual Festive R.I.D.E. initiative today.

“We are reminding drivers that they are responsible for ensuring they are not impaired with any substance,” says Constable Derrick Osmond of Quinte West OPP. “Impaired driving is completely preventable, and there are simple steps people can take to avoid impaired driving over the holidays and all year long.”

The QRTC offers these tips to stay safe this holiday season:

  • If you are planning to drink alcohol or use cannabis, don’t drive.
  • Take public transit, call a cab, have a designated driver, use a program such as
  • Operation Red Nose, or plan to stay overnight.
  • Talk with your loved ones about ways they can get home safe.
  • For everyone’s safety, passengers should speak up if their driver has been drinking or using cannabis. 
  • If a guest is impaired, ask for their car keys, invite them to stay overnight, or make arrangements for them to get home safe. 
  • If you suspect a driver is impaired, call 911.

To remind all drivers and passengers of the importance of safe driving, members of the QRTC will be conducting Festive R.I.D.E. checks throughout the holiday season. Residents should be prepared to see R.I.D.E. programs taking place anytime and anywhere including major roadways, rural back roads and off-road trails. Impaired driving is not worth the risk. For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/drivesober.

About the QRTC
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

For more information, contact:
Constable Derrick Osmond
Quinte West OPP
QRTC Media Spokesperson
613-392-3561
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