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With New Years around the corner, local police departments join forces for 'Mega RIDE'

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, several GTA police departments are joining forces to crack down on drivers under the influence.

The Caledon OPP detachment, along with York and Peel police, are teaming up to create a ‘Mega RIDE’ initiative aimed at making RIDE checkpoints more visible.

Staff Sergeant Brian Knowler told CityNews police known they need to send a message to drunk drivers.

“We are out here to send a message, that impaired driving, whether it be by drug or alcohol is not acceptable, and this is something we need to talk about,” Knowler said.

For New Year’s Eve police are urging Ontarians to make sure their plans include a sober driver or some other way to get back home.

Provincial police say officers will be out in force conducting RIDE spot checks through the night.

Police suggest taking public transit or taxis, having a designated driver or staying overnight after the party.

Toronto police charged nearly 1,400 people with impaired driving last year, and say the numbers are trending up this year in 2012.