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27 IMPAIRED DRIVERS AND MORE THAN 140 DISTRACTED DRIVERS CHARGED LAST WEEK

Posted on Wednesday August 09, 2017

York Regional Police removed 27 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 146 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.

Nineteen male drivers and seven female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, July 31, 2017, and Monday, August 7, 2017.  Twenty-two drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, two drivers were charged with being impaired by drugs and three drivers failed to provide a sample of their breath. Fourteen of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at RIDE spot checks, 11 impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens two drivers were arrested after being involved in a collision.

On Friday, August 4, 2017, shortly before 1 a.m., York Regional Police received several calls to 9-1-1 for a possible impaired driver travelling on Yonge Street in the area of 16th Avenue in the Town of Richmond Hill. Callers advised that there were sparks flying from the suspect vehicle that had struck a curb and several construction pylons. Officers located the vehicle stopped in a plaza parking lot in the area of Yonge Street and Edgar Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was still seated inside. Officers observed that both the front and rear tires were blown out, damage to the windshield and passenger side mirror and there were fluid pouring out from under the car. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle and she was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol. She was placed under arrest and taken to #2 District Headquarters in Richmond Hill for a breath test where she blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Charged:

  • 43-year-old woman from the City of Pickering

Charges:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Over 80
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

On Friday, June 30, 2017, York Regional Police launched a summer impaired-driving prevention campaign Not One More, with the goal of preventing another impaired driving-related tragedy like the devastating collision that claimed the lives of the Neville-Lake children and their grandfather.

As a part of this campaign, York Regional Police has been posting and handing out drawings that were done by the close friends of Daniel, Milly and Harrison Neville-Lake that depict the pain and loss suffered by the children as a result of impaired driving.

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.

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.

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