Driving through RIDE program ends in impaired driving charges in PEC

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A driver who, for one reason or another, didn’t feel the police checkpoint on the roadway ahead applied to them is now facing charges for the exact thing police perform Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) programs to address in the first place.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023. Officers with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE program on Wellington Main Street at County Road 2 when “a vehicle drove through the program without stopping,” police said in a press release the following day.

According to the OPP, officers immediately conducted a traffic stop a short distance from the RIDE checkpoint and spoke with the driver. An approved screening device (which checks for the presence of alcohol on a person’s breath) was administered, and the results led police to arrest the driver, who was then transported to the PEC OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, 40-year-old Earla Struthers of PEC was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and/or drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

The OPP said Struthers was released on an undertaking is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in November 2023. The accused driver also had their licence automatically suspended for 90 days, and their vehicle impounded for seven days. Struthers will face a further licence suspension if convicted and is responsible for all related fees or fines.

“Highway safety is a team sport, do your part and plan a safe ride home,” the OPP advised.

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