As of December 27, Durham Regional Police’s Festive R.I.D.E. program had charged 123 people with various drinking and driving offences. This number is a slight increase from the number of people charged by this time last year.
Driving and drinking has serious consequences and with recent law that states novice and young drivers under the age of 21 must have a zero blood alcohol concentration – it’s simply not worth the risk.
Instead, both GO Transit and Durham Regional Transit (DRT) are encouraging you to leave your vehicle at home by presenting an alternative; free rides around the city.
“DRT and community partners are working together to help region residents get home safely after celebrating on New Year’s Eve,” says regional chair Roger Anderson. “Leave the driving to DRT operators and make this a safe festive season.”
Free transit is on selected routes as of 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 2:00 a.m. New Year’s Day. This extended service will run to meet the last GO trian arrivals from Union Station across the region. In addition, all GO Transit service after 7:00 p.m. will be free for those ringing in the new year. Full schedule details are available online at durhamregiontransit.com and gotransit.com/holiday.
Susan Dickinson, the communications co-ordinator for DRT said that their program is very successful, stating that, “NYE ridership with the free service is indeed growing since we began offering it in 2006.”
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations, but be sure to plan a safe way home by either a designated driver or take a cab, limo or public transportation.