A total of 117 motorists were arrested as a result of this year's Festive RIDE program in Durham Region, five more than last year. Seven weeks of RIDE checks were conducted in Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Whitby, Oshawa, and Newcastle, and over 25,000 vehicles were stopped. For the first time, officers wore body-worn cameras for the duration of the season as part of a pilot project. Nine drug charges were also laid, down from ten last year. Police would also like to remind motorists to become aware of the new cannabis laws for transporting it in a motor vehicle; a driver cannot transport cannabis when the seal of it's original packaging is open and within reach of the driver.
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