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Posted on Monday March 20, 2017

Sixteen people were arrested this weekend for impaired-related driving offences in York Region and 11 of those arrests occurred on St. Patrick’s Day.  

Between Friday, March 17, and Sunday, March 19, 2017, one woman and 15 men were charged with drug and alcohol-related driving offences.  Five of those drivers were spotted as a result of calls from concerned citizens, seven drivers were stopped by R.I.D.E. spot checks or an officer on general patrol and four drivers were involved in collisions due to their impairment.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. officers responded to an address on Rusty Trail in the City of Vaughan for a collision. Investigators determined that a male driver pulled into a driveway and struck a parked car. The driver backed up and then struck the vehicle again before falling asleep in the driver’s seat. The driver, a 21-year-old man from Vaughan, has been charged with Impaired, Over 80 and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.  

Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message. Impaired driving significantly increases your chances of being involved in a collision and is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. 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.

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