Ontario Taking Action to Further Support Police Services

December 17, 2020

Funding will support education programs and roadside spot-checks to keep roads and highways safe

NIPISSING – Today, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, announced that police services in the Nipissing area will receive a combined total of $58,000 through the province’s Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) grant program for the 2021/22 year. Funding will help police services in our communities keep impaired drivers off streets and highways.

“We all want a safe and happy holiday season, and there is no reason anyone should be driving a vehicle after they have been drinking,” said MPP Fedeli. “Education campaigns and roadside spot checks are vital tools in the police arsenal to inform people about the dangers of driving impaired and the ways to keep our roads and highways in Nipissing safe.

RIDE grant funding will be used to cover the overtime of sworn officers and paid duty RIDE activities over 2020-21 and 2021-22.All municipal and First Nations police services and OPP municipal contract locations are eligible for funding under the RIDE grant program.

Nipissing Police Services will receive the following:
Police Service                        2020/21        2021/22
OPP North Bay (Bonfield)     $6,536.00     $6,524.00
OPP North Bay (East Ferris)  $6,536.00     $6,524.00
OPP North Bay (Mattawa)    $6,536.00      $6,524.00
OPP North Bay (Powassan)  $6,536.00      $6,524.00
OPP West Nipissing              $8,715.00      $8,698.00
North Bay Police Service     $23,862.00     $23,816.00

The Ontario government is investing $4.8 million through the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) grant program to help police services across the province keep impaired drivers off streets and highways. 171 police services will receive funding to carry out important year-round road safety initiatives such as education campaigns and roadside spot checks.

As Ontarians prepare to celebrate the holiday season, they are reminded to make plans to get home safely. They can arrange for a designated driver, order a taxi or rideshare, or take public transit. They should also take immediate action if they see someone who may be impaired by arranging a ride for them or even calling 911 if someone is a risk to themselves and others.

Quick Facts

• According to provincial data, more than 1,700 people have died and over 25,000 people have been injured in collisions involving an impaired driver in the last decade in Ontario.
• Drivers found to be driving while impaired will face penalties immediately. They will also face additional consequences if convicted in court. Impaired driving penalties can vary depending on the driver’s age, licence type, the amount of alcohol or drugs in their system, and how many times they have offended.




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