R.I.D.E. Program


The R.I.D.E. Program was developed by the Metro Toronto Police in the mid 1980 and was known as "Reduce Impaired Driving in Etobicoke". It was eventually adopted by all Ontario Police Services and modified to mean "Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere".

The Cornwall Community Police Service operates R.I.D.E. roadside checks several times a year, where all vehicles are stopped and drivers are questioned about the possible consumption of alcohol that evening. The program is a high profile and very visible reminder to drivers that they stand a good chance of being stopped if they have been drinking and driving. Since its inception, the incidence of impaired drivers stopped at R.I.D.E. checkpoints has decreased, in accordance to national statistics that show that the general populaces have adopted a much more responsible attitude to this serious problem.


A mock vehicle collision scene is pictured above. The event was staged for 300 graduating students from a local high school and narrated by police, fire and paramedics in order to educate the students on the reality of a collision involving an impaired driver.

During this event, we also talk to them about making smart healthy lifestyle choices and the consequences of making a bad choice.

Our message is simple, IF YOU DRINK, DON'T DRIVE!!

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