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RIDE spot-checks this weekend as holiday parties begin

Last Updated Dec 19, 2015 at 10:59 am EST

Partygoers in Toronto and across the GTA are out celebrating the holidays this weekend and that means police are watching.

Officers are out with the festive RIDE spot checks, and they’re getting some top brass support.

In Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders was out talking to drivers on Yonge Street near Highway 401.

“We’re asking if they’ve had anything to drink and we’re also educating,” Saunders said Friday night.

“It’s important that if they someone driving in an impaired fashion, call 911 and let us know. Help us reduce impaired driving.”

So far this year in Toronto, more than 1200 people have been arrested for alcohol-related driving offenses. In Ontario, about one-quarter of all road deaths are alcohol-related.

In Durham Region, officers charged 28 people with 38 offenses in one week of their holiday RIDE program.

The message is, as always, if you drink, don’t drive. Police offered several alternatives, including spending the night, taking public transit, calling a cab, or using a designated driver.