Stratford News Police urge people to have a responsible New Years SHARE ON: Patrick Grapes, staff Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 2013 People in and around the area will ring in the New Year tonight. The Perth County OPP encourages everyone to have fun but plan ahead. The Festive R.I.D.E. program is still in effect and police remind everyone that if you’re planning to drink alcohol you need to plan for a safe ride home. Any amount of alcohol can impair one’s ability to drive. The penalty for being caught is both inconvenient and costly to say nothing about the danger you’ll pose to yourself and others while behind the wheel.