Five driv­ers charged with im­paired over the hol­i­days

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Fes­tive RIDE pro­gram proved to be “like no other” in the his­tory of St. Thomas po­lice, the force said Mon­day. Of­fi­cers con­tended with the chal­lenges of le­gal­ized cannabis and changes to im­paired driv­ing laws, po­lice said. Three peo­ple were charged be­fore Dec. 18: a 22-year-old man was charged with im­paired driv­ing, a 53-year-old man was charged with re­fus­ing to pro­vide a sam­ple and a 26-year-old man was charged with driv­ing while im­paired by drug and pos­ses­sion of hy­dro­mor­phone. On Dec. 18 new laws came into ef­fect and po­lice charged two peo­ple un­der im­paired driv­ing laws. A 39-year-old man was charged with driv­ing while im­paired by drug and al­co­hol and a 22-year-old man was charged with driv­ing while im­paired by drug and al­co­hol, novice driver with blood al­co­hol level above zero and two counts of breach of re­lease con­di­tions. The Fes­tive RIDE pro­gram in 2017 re­sulted in six ar­rests, po­lice said. There were more 2,100 driv­ers checked dur­ing seven RIDE spot checks in St. Thomas, but no driv­ers were charged, po­lice said.

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