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FESTIVE SEASON RIDE BEGINS

Posted on Friday November 22, 2019

 

 

York Regional Police has begun the annual festive season RIDE campaign focused on taking impaired drivers off our roads.

This year’s festive season RIDE begins on November 22, 2019 and will continue until January 5, 2020.

Sadly, we continue to see an increase in the number of impaired driving charges being laid each year. This year to date we have laid more than 1,500 impaired driving related charges, more than 100 more compared to the same time frame in 2018.

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, officers responded to the area of Kennedy Road and Baseline Road in the Town of Georgina after a concerned citizen called to report a suspected impaired driver. The caller continued to follow the vehicle providing updates to police dispatch on the vehicle’s location and the driving conditions. This assistance resulted in officers locating the vehicle and successfully pulling it over in the area of Country Mile Lane and McCowan Road.

The officer spoke with the driver and had sufficient evidence to arrest him for impaired driving.

The concerned citizen who made the call, Kim Rennie, continued to assist in the investigation by providing a statement to officers on what she witnessed. Kim continued to assist as the court case began and she agreed to testify in court. In May, 2019, the accused was convicted of Impaired Driving and was sentenced to a 12-month driving prohibition and a $1,800 fine.

A video of the incident, including Kim Rennie’s call to 9-1-1 and the arrest of the driver, can be found here: https://youtu.be/RxcpghISITw

So far this year, more than 5,000 people have called us to report a suspected impaired driver. That has helped us safely remove impaired drivers from our roads.

York Regional Police is continuing to encourage members of the community to help 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.

If you see dangerous driving or behaviors on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to contact police immediately.

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.

We’re not giving up.

For more information, contact York Regional Police Corporate Communications at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 2664.