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Local Police Receive Funding for RIDE Programs

Woodstock Police and the Oxford OPP have been granted provincial funding for more RIDE checks in the County.

WOODSTOCK - The MPP for Oxford County announced today that police forces in the County will be receiving grant money. 

Both the OPP and Woodstock Police will receive a combined funding of $53,467 as part of the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere Grant. Ernie Hardeman says this money is designed to help keep our streets and highways safe. 

“With this funding, our police services in Oxford will be able to conduct regular roadside spot-checks and education campaigns needed to detect impaired drivers and keep our roads safe. This is very important, as it will help pay to cover sworn officers' overtime and paid duty for RIDE activities.”

The money is part of a $2.4 million investment from the Province that will enable a total of 172 police services across the province to carry out this important road safety mission throughout the year.

Last year, 1,700 peopled died and 25,000 were injured in collisions involving impaired drivers. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says says RIDE spot checks are even more important now, with the legalization of cannabis. 

“Impaired drivers, whether by drugs or alcohol, can be found on the road every single day — not just around the holidays. It’s simple – don't get behind the wheel if you're impaired – make alternative arrangements to get home. This single decision can save your life and the lives of others.”

As the people of Ontario prepare for the holidays, they are reminded to make plans to get home safely whether by arranging for a designated driver, ordering a taxi or ride share or taking public transit. They should also take immediate action if they see someone who may be impaired by arranging a ride for them, suggesting alternate arrangements, or even calling 911 if someone is a risk to themselves and others.

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