Area police services conduct RIDE blitz to coincide with legalization of cannabis

(Editor’s note: The following is a media release from the South Simcoe Police Service on a joint RIDE drive to coincide with legal cannabis in Canada)

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, members of the Simcoe County Policing Authorities combined forces to launch a four-day RIDE Initiative to coincide with the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The collaborative campaign involved officers from South Simcoe Police Service, Barrie Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, Rama Police and Canadian Forces Base Borden.
Over four nights, officers set up RIDE checks in a variety of locations including Bradford, Innisfil, Barrie, Alliston, Collingwood and Orillia.

Here is a round up of preliminary results.

Day #1 of the RIDE Initiative on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 produced the following results:

                 1. 1-3 Day suspension

                2. 2 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

                3. 1 Drug Recognition Expert examination – failed. Charged Criminally Impaired by Drug/Cannabis

                4. 1 impaired by alcohol arrest, 130/120. Charged Over .80 MGS alcohol

               5. 1 drive under suspension

                6. 1 charge under Cannabis Act – Cannabis readily accessible to the driver

                  7. 1 Highway Traffic Act – other

On Day #2 of the campaign on Thursday, October 18, 2018 , RIDE units set up in the Orillia area and achieved results including the following:

1. 8 Approved Screening Device tests

2. 3 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

3. 1 arrest for over .80 – post- test – yielded 3 day suspension

4. 2 other three day suspensions

5. 7 Provincial Offences Notices

6. 1 Commercial Motor Vehicle removed from the roadway

7. Quantity cannabis resin seized for destruction

8. Quantity of cannabis ‘bud’ seized for further investigation. Preliminary charge – Accessible to driver under Cannabis Act

The focus of Day #3 of the initiative on Friday, October 19, 2018 included Collingwood, Stayner, Angus, C.F.B. Borden & Barrie areas and yielded a significant amount of vehicular spot checks.

The results include the following:

1. 7 Approved Screening Device tests

2. 4 – 3 day suspensions

3. 2 Cannabis within reach offences

4. 1 impaired by drug C.C. charge

5. 1 impaired by alcohol charge

6. 1 Over .80 charge

7. 4 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing investigations

8. 1 Drug Recognition Expert investigation

9. 4 cannabis compliance inspections – MV.

10. 1 Stunt Driving charge.

11. 1 Obstruct charge – C.C.

12. 1 – Provincial Offences Act stop with 3 POA offences, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act -Highway Traffic Act

13. 3 – other Highway Traffic Act Offences

14. 2 Motor Vehicles towed

The focus of Day #4 of the initiative on Saturday, October 20, 2018 included Highway 89/Highway 400, Yonge Street Alliston, Loretto, Tottenham, C.F.B. Borden, Dunlop Street, Mapleview, County Road 27 north of Highway 9, High Street, Bayfield Street.

The efforts yielded the following results:

1. 9 Cannabis Act charges – Readily Accessible to Driver

2. 1 Controlled Drug Substance Act charge – possession of cocaine.

3. 10 Approved Screening Device tests

4. 4 Liquor Licence Act offences

5. 3 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

6. 1 public intoxication

7. 4 Seatbelt offences

8. 9 Highway Traffic Act – other

9. 1 impaired by alcohol arrest

10. 2 Over .80

Police say they will release the final results when they become available. The formal collaborative RIDE blitz has wrapped up but police services will continue working together to keep our roads safe and free of impaired drivers and anyone else who poses a danger. Impaired driving is a crime in progress. Safely call 911 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.