The Festive RIDE campaign is in full swing across the Ottawa Valley, with 89 spot checks held across the region last week.
The Renfrew OPP held 45 RIDE checks and 44 were held in the Upper Ottawa Valley.
Police are stressing to motorists that RIDE stops will continue until early in 2015, and officers are reminding drivers that if they plan on drinking or taking drugs, that they shouldn’t climb behind the wheel. Instead, they should arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi, or spend the night.
If not, you could face fines, jail time, or worse — you could kill someone, or kill yourself.
MORE THAN COPS BARGAINED FOR
Two RIDE stops in the Ottawa Valley last week resulted in police finding more than they expected.
On Saturday just before midnight, the OPP pulled over a car for a spot check on White Lake Road at Arnprior. As a result, three youths from Mississippi Mills are all facing charges after police found a quantity of marijuana.
The 17-, 16-, and 15-year-old males are set to appear in Renfrew Court in early February to face the possession charges.
On Friday night around 9:30 p.m., police stopped a car in Laurentian Valley Township for a standard RIDE check and one of the passengers was identified as a woman with an outstanding warrant for three counts of breach of probation and one count of failing to attend court.
The 26-year-old from L’Isle-Aux-Allumettes was arrested and held for a bail hearing.