Five drivers charged with impaired over the holidays
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.