HPS and Hamilton Bulldogs Face Off Against Impaired Driving

Hamilton Police Service and the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club will be partnering to reduce impaired driving this holiday season. As in previous years, Bulldogs ticket vouchers will be issued by Hamilton Police to motorists who successfully go through RIDE lanes.

The aim of the ticket voucher program is to remind drivers of the danger of impaired driving, and to encourage responsible driving practices.

First Ontario Centre will accept the ticket vouchers for one free admission to one of three upcoming Bulldogs games on January 2, January 12 or February 13.

Hamilton Police Chief Eric Girt says the Service is proud of its work with the team. “Impaired driving is preventable and it requires a collective effort to get the message across,” he said. “We hope this initiative continues to send a strong message in our community that we will not tolerate impaired driving.”

The Festive RIDE program runs until January 1, 2019. While RIDE lanes are not unique to the holiday season, thousands of cars will be pulled over throughout December as police increase their efforts to prevent impaired driving.

“We are very proud to continue this holiday tradition, now in its seventh year,” said Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios. “The Bulldogs are pleased to team up with the Hamilton Police Service in keeping our community safe, and supporting the sober driving message through the RIDE lane ticket voucher program.”

In 2018, Hamilton Police have stopped 111,366 vehicles and made over 436 alcohol/drug-related arrests. There were also four fatal motor vehicle collision involving impaired drivers this year.

Police encourage citizens to participate in the Operation Look Out program. If someone is suspected of impaired driving, citizens are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Callers will remain anonymous. This year, Hamilton Police have made 150 arrests through the program.