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23 IMPAIRED DRIVERS AND 83 DISTRACTED DRIVERS CHARGED LAST WEEK

Posted on Monday September 11, 2017

York Regional Police removed 23 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 83 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.

Twenty-one male drivers and two female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, September 4, 2017, and Monday, September 11, 2017.  Twenty-one drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol and two drivers were charged with being impaired by drugs. Eleven of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at RIDE spot checks, six drivers were arrested after being involved in a collision and six impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens.

On Sunday, September 8, 2017, shortly after midnight, officers were conducting a RIDE spot check in the area of 14th Avenue and Markham Road. Officers watched as a vehicle approaching the spot check turned into a parking lot prior to reaching their location and attempted to flee the area. Officers eventually got the vehicle stopped and investigated the driver. There was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver as he was speaking with officers. He was placed under arrest for impaired driving and further investigation revealed that he was on a driving prohibition from a previous criminal conviction for impaired driving.

Charged:

  • A 41-year-old man from the City of Markham

Charges:

  • Over 80
  • Drive While Disqualified
  • Drive While Under Suspension

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.

We’re not giving up.