York Regional Police charged 28 impaired drivers as well as 137 distracted drivers over the past week.
Twenty-eight drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, June 19, and Monday, June 26, 2017. Twenty-four drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol and four drivers failed to provide a breath sample. Twenty-three drivers charged were men and five of them were women. Of these incidents, 11 arrests were a result of calls from concerned citizens, three drivers were charged after being involved in a collision and 14 were stopped by RIDE spot checks or officers on general patrol.
In one of the incidents of impaired driving, on Saturday, June 24, 2017, shortly after 8 p.m., police were called by a concerned citizen that a vehicle was driving on 16th Avenue in the area of Woodbine Avenue with a blown out front tire and swerving all over the road. Officers located the vehicle travelling east on 16th Avenue. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle that was driving erratically with a flat front right tire, but the driver did not stop. Officers followed the vehicle as it drove through a red light, narrowly missing other cars and eventually came to a stop at a gas station in the area of McCowan Road and Bur Oak Avenue. The driver got out of the car and sat on the curb. When speaking to the driver officers could smell alcohol coming from her. She was placed under arrest and taken to #5 District Headquarters for a breath test, where she blew more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
During the same time period, 137 drivers were charged with distracted driving. The charge carries with it a $490 fine and three demerit points. Many of the drivers were caught by our We’re on Board, Are You? campaign, where officers are riding York Region Transit buses watching for drivers who are distracted.
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.
If you see dangerous driving or behaviours on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to contact police immediately.