Police marine units will also be involved in a regional RIDE program Friday.
Ottawa Police Service
Police in the region are planning RIDE checks on roads and waterways during Friday night revelry but in Ottawa, officers had nabbed two drunk drivers by breakfast time.City police are crediting the public for reporting two alcohol-impaired drivers who were arrested, one in the east end just after 7 a.m. and the second in the west at about 8 a.m.“There are lasting effects of alcohol (and) substances in your body for hours,” police warned. “Thankfully, neither of these instances resulted in a collision. “Both were called in by alert members of the public.”The Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Gatineau police services and the RCMP will be setting up “MegaRIDE” checkpoints throughout the area.“If you are consuming alcohol or cannabis, please use a designated driver, taxi, bus or Uber to get home safely,” Staff-Sgt. Marc-André Sheehy of traffic services said.“Impaired driving is 100 per cent avoidable and it is not worth losing your licence, your life or someone else’s life.”Ottawa officers will also join Smiths Falls police for a “WaterRIDE” promoting safety and National Drowning Prevention Week starting at 4 p.m.“The nice weather is an opportunity to remind everyone not to drive or boat impaired,” said Cst. T.J. Jellinek, of the Ottawa Police Service’s marine, dive and trails unit.“Plan ahead, and get home safe.” We’ve already arrested 2 people for impaired driving this morning. There are lasting effects of alcohol+substances in your body for hours. Thankfully, neither of these instances resulted in a collision. Both were called in by alert members of the public. #ottnews pic.twitter.com/0L4MtlN5ng— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) July 26, 2019