December 2, 2020
The Timmins Police Service, South Porcupine OPP and MADD’s Timmins chapter has once again teamed up for the annual Festive Ride campaign for this holiday season.
Local policing agencies and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) officially launched the campaign on Wednesday to reduce impaired driving in the area.
“We want the motorists in the Timmins area to realize that RIDE spot checks will be set up at random locations at any time during the day so, anybody who’s under the influence of alcohol or any other substance, if they’re behind the wheel, the penalties are real and the consequences are severe as it should be,” said TPS communications coordinator Marc Depatie.
Depatie is asking residents to plan ahead their trips and drive sober this festive season. He wants the public to celebrate Christmas but in an appropriate manner. Their goal is to make sure everybody gets back home safe during these holidays.
This campaign will run until the end of December.
Amy St. Amour, president of the MADD Timmins and area chapter, said the local policing agencies and the MADD volunteers have come together to spread the message of driving sober this Christmas.
“Drive sober and if you have been drinking or enjoying some extra curriculars, find a safe way home, call a designated driver, stay home or whatever the case is, but just don’t get behind the wheel of the car,” she said.
Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19, MADD volunteers will not be accompanying officers during RIDE spot checks and handing out ribbons as they have in previous years, but the officers will be handing out the red ribbons on behalf of them.
Red Ribbon campaign is another initiative run by the MADD volunteers during the holiday season with the same message – to drive sober and reduce impaired driving in the area.
The ribbon campaign kicked off in November and that initiative runs until Jan. 4.
Those red ribbon basically pledges to not drunk drive during the holidays. To receive a ribbon to put one on your car, email at email@example.com.