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YORK REGIONAL POLICE TO POST NAMES OF THOSE CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED-RELATED CRIMINAL DRIVING OFFENCES AFTER 27 CHARGES LAID THIS WEEKEND

Posted on Monday December 03, 2018

In yet another disappointing weekend, 16 drivers were charged with 27 impaired-related criminal driving charges and Chief Eric Jolliffe is taking the next step to try to curb this distressing trend.

“It’s clear that something has to change,” said Chief Jolliffe. “Effective immediately, York Regional Police will name all of the drivers charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences, to further make impaired driving socially unacceptable and so that members of our community can assist with notifying police if these offenders choose to drive while under suspension. Innocent lives are put at risk every day by this irresponsible and criminal behavior. We are not giving up.”

Every Monday, York Regional Police will post the names of those charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences at www.yrp.ca in the media releases section. Please click on the following link to see the names of the drivers charged from the weekend: https://bit.ly/2G6Nc9c

In one of the incidents that occurred on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 10 p.m., officers responded to Joshua Court in the Town of Richmond Hill for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller advised that there was a vehicle parked for over an hour blocking their driveway. As officers arrived the vehicle began driving away and was stopped by police. Officers spoke with the driver who smelled of alcohol and a half-full bottle of vodka was observed in the centre console. The driver was placed under arrest and taken to #2 District Headquarters for a breath test where he blew four times the legal limit.

Charged:

  • Alexander KOSTENBERG, 32, City of Toronto

Charges:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Over 80

So far this year York Regional Police have laid more than 1,400 charges for impaired-related driving offences and the number of drivers choosing to drive while impaired is showing no signs of decreasing. Sadly, five people have lost their lives this year in collisions where alcohol or drug impairment were contributing factors.

The legal consequences of an impaired driving charge can include roadside vehicle impoundment and automatic driver’s licence suspension as well as further consequences imposed by the courts, including longer licence suspensions, large fines and in some cases, jail time.

York Regional Police thanks 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.

We’re not giving up.