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20 IMPAIRED DRIVERS AND 112 DISTRACTED DRIVERS CHARGED LAST WEEK

Posted on Monday December 04, 2017

York Regional Police removed 20 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 112 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.

Eighteen male drivers and two female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, November 27, 2017, and Monday, December 4, 2017. Seventeen drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, one driver was charged with being impaired by drugs and two drivers were charged for failing to provide a breath sample. Twelve of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at R.I.D.E. spot checks, three drivers were arrested after being involved in collisions and five impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens.

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, shortly before 4 p.m., York Regional Police were called to the parking lot of a plaza located at 1890 Major Mackenzie Drive West for a report of a collision. When officers arrived they found that two vehicles had collided head-on in the parking lot. Witnesses advised that one of the men that had been driving fled from the scene. He was described as wearing a T-shirt that said “I’m awesome and you’re not.” Officers located the suspect in a nearby commuter transit parking lot and he was placed under arrest. Officers also located an open bottle of whiskey in the suspect’s vehicle. He was taken to #4 District for a breath test where he blew more than three times the legal limit.

Charged:

  • A 46-year-old man from the Town of Richmond Hill

Charges:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Over 80
  • Fail to Remain

York Regional Police is not giving up.

Our continued efforts to prevent senseless death and injury on our roads includes educating students and our community on ways to avoid impaired driving, including this festive season’s campaign: Don’t Go Along for the R.I.D.E.

The York Regional Police R.I.D.E. program is a year-long initiative that is enhanced during the festive season. York Regional Police urges all drivers to take proactive measures if drinking by arranging for overnight accommodations, appointing a designated driver, taking a cab or using public transit.

The message is clear: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

York Regional Police thanks the citizens who chose to make the right decision this weekend to not drink and drive. We also want to thank the members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads...Your Call program. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls.