Police Nab 7 Impaired Drivers via RIDE Programs


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Since the Thunder Bay Police Service launched this year’s Festive RIDE program last Tuesday, November 26th, its members have arrested 7 drivers for impaired driving – three of whom were deemed to be impaired by drugs.

A 29-year old female was arrested on November 27, just after 2:00 am, when an officer observed the vehicle fish-tailing on Junot Avenue South in the Community Safety Zone. The driver performed poorly on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and was transported to the Thunder Bay Police Station where she was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The officer formed the grounds to believe that the driver was impaired by drug, and the driver was subsequently charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance and Failing to Comply with a Recognizance.


On November 28th, prior to 3:00 pm, an officer made observation of a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Arundel Street approaching Hodder Avenue. The officer conducted a traffic stop, and had suspicion that the driver was under the influence of a drug. The driver performed poorly on the SFST on scene and was later deemed by the DRE at the police station to be impaired by drug. The 27-year old male was charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance.

Shortly after 3:00 am on November 30th, officers responded to the area of Northern Avenue for a 911 call of a motor vehicle collision involving a parked vehicle and the driver of a separate vehicle, who was suspected of being impaired. A 53-year old woman was subsequently located on scene and arrested for impaired driving. A drug recognition evaluation was conducted at the police station by a DRE and the woman was later charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance by drug and alcohol.

A focused RIDE checkpoint was set up on November 30th and the morning of December 1st. Beginning just after 1:00 am, officers arrested three drivers within a half-hour span at the same downtown north core location. A 28-year old man, a 19-year old male, and a 67-year old woman were all charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance and Exceeding the Blood Alcohol Concentration.


Two hours later, a uniform patrol officer found a 36-year old male passed out in a vehicle in a north-core supermarket parking lot. The male was arrested and brought to the Thunder Bay Police Station where he provided breath samples that registered at triple the legal limit. He was also charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance and Exceeding the Blood Alcohol Concentration.

All of these drivers had their licence privileges suspended for 90 days immediately, and the vehicles they were operating were impounded for 7 days.

Drivers are reminded that the Thunder Bay Police Service considers impaired driving to be a serious, and entirely preventable, criminal offence. Officers will continue conducting sobriety checks at various hours in order to ensure that the public enjoys a safe and festive holiday season on the city’s roadways.

Source: TBPS


6 Replies to “Police Nab 7 Impaired Drivers via RIDE Programs”

  1. These are only the ones they caught. There are tons more jacked up zombies behind the wheel in this town at any given time. I drive the Highway thru Hell ( the Coq) and I am not even a little worried even in pitch dark on a foggy rainy night with next to no visiblity after a traffic jam where the posted speed is 120 km and everyone is racing to get to the front. It is much more scary to drive in this town on sunny day at 60 km with ideal driving conditons because you just dont know if this is the day some jacked up zombie is going to plow into you. In Canada, they can kill you and MAYBE get a couple years in prison. . In the USA you can go to prison, not a B&B but prison, for 150 years just for screwing somebody over for money. WTF

  2. The number of drunk/drugged drivers doesn’t surprise me.

    With the influx of so many welfare scamming drug and alcohol addicts, one can only expect the conduct of citizen to descend into lawlessness and squalor. The town is in a state of social decay. Criminals go about their business with no fear of the law. With our limp dick JPs and judges, coddling criminals, what have they to fear.

    The situation is getting worse every day as more and more of these lowlifes come to Dumpster Bay for the easy-to-get and inexhaustible welfare. The town is known across the country as a haven for drunks, druggers, criminals of all types and “no questions asked” welfare careers.

    Tighten up the welfare and see things change immediately.

  3. Sad and pathetic the Canadian govt law makers, all liberals who subscribe to the “anything goes” and ‘all is forgiven’’ will not change laws and the lack of consequences to deal with them.
    Until and if, there is a punishment componenet attached to the weak “rehabilitative justice” component, nothing will change.
    Canada never builds any prisons. Any incarcerations on like the in and out car wash.
    Society has become hopeless whike the onis of responsibilities falls on them to fund and side step around the growing scourge of the “me” victimhood players. The perpetually offended of the world who want all the power but none of the responsibility.
    Times ahead will be remarkable in the failure of the social engineering parties like the socialists have perpetuated and planned

    1. Try to drive drunk in Communist China or Cuba and see what the penalties are.
      ” China: 0. Over 0% but under 0.08%: CN¥ 1000–2000 fine, six months license suspension; Over 0.08%: up to three years imprisonment, five years license suspension. If the driver causes serious injuries or death, he or she will be charged with crime and the license will be permanently cancelled.”
      Sort of socialist
      In Norway, a BAC of 0.02% gets you arrested for drunk driving with penalties equal to a month’s salary and your license suspended for one year. If your BAC tops 0.15% or higher, expect to be shelling out one and a half month’s salary, spending at least 21 days in prison, and a suspended license for 2 years.
      Stronger penalties might help here also.

    2. Our justice system is a farce. These limp dick Liberals have eroded the country’s sense of justice to a mere shadow of what it should be.

      It there are no serious consequences for criminal activity, where is the deterrence?

    3. It took a long to build Rome to be a powerful empire but it practically burned overnight because of the corruption and greed. History show when you have decaying civilizations it is only a matter of time before it totally destroys itself. Canada is already speeding down that very slippery slope and the closer to the bottom it reaches, the worse it will be. If you think you can not recognize our former country, well you aint seen nothing yet. The shit happening today will be a day at the beach to what is on the horizon.

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