Toronto police arrest 87 people in 2020 RIDE checks, down nearly 30 per cent from previous year
Toronto police arrested 87 people during their latest RIDE campaign against impaired driving, down about 28.6 per cent compared to the previous year.
Of the 87 arrests from Nov. 21 to Jan. 2, police said 65 were related to alcohol and 22 were related to other drugs.
In 2019, there were 122 arrests during the annual holiday RIDE checks.
Police issued 60 three-day suspensions, according to a news release Tuesday from Traffic Services. Officers issued 51 suspensions during the RIDE checks conducted around the same time in 2019.
While traffic volume was a bit lower this year in the city — with fewer holiday parties and less gatherings among friends and co-workers because of the pandemic lockdown — Toronto police didn’t scale back their number of RIDE spot checks.
Police deployed 344 RIDE programs — 39 more than in 2019.
The 2020 campaign saw 18,185 driver checks, whereas police stopped more than 25,700 drivers during the 2019 campaign, a 29.2 per cent drop.