RIDE Results Prompt Continued Naming Policy
(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) Results from our Festive RIDE campaign have prompted us to continue reporting names of accused impaired drivers. If you are charged with an impaired-related criminal driving offence in a South Simcoe Police Service community, your name will be released.
We began the practice on a temporary basis on our website throughout December. It was a decision designed to hopefully act as a deterrent but also to create community awareness of the problem and alert residents to people who may require help. We believed then as we do now that publicly identifying people charged with impaired driving can make a difference.
Since our policy change was only for four weeks, we will continue naming impaired driving suspects for a longer period of time in order to better gauge the possible impact.
Our RIDE spot checks are year-round and officers are always watching for suspected impaired drivers. We also continue to encourage citizens that if you spot a suspected impaired driver, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.
Total RIDE season stats – 2018
14 people charged with impaired driving related offences
Total RIDE season stats – 2017
23 people charged with impaired driving related offences
QUOTE – Chief Andrew Fletcher: “It is too soon to say what impact the naming of people charged with impaired driving is having in our communities. But we are unwavering in our resolve to use whatever tools we can to prevent people from driving impaired. We know this is a serious problem in our community and we will do whatever is needed to ensure our roads are safe for all motorists.”