York Regional Police removed 22 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 99 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.
Seventeen male drivers and five female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, August 28, 2017, and Monday, September 4, 2017. Fifteen drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, four drivers were charged with being impaired by drugs and three drivers were charged for failing to provide a breath sample. Six of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at RIDE spot checks, eight drivers were arrested after being involved in a collision and eight impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens.
On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, shortly after 5 p.m., officers attended the area of Esna Park Drive and Steeles Avenue East in the City of Markham for reports of a seven-vehicle collision and a possibly impaired driver trying to flee the scene. Officers determined that a vehicle went through an intersection on a red light and caused a collision affecting six other vehicles. Fortunately there were no serious injuries. The driver was arrested and was charged.
• A 29-year-old man from the City of Toronto
• Impaired Operation by Drug
• Dangerous Operation
• Possession of a Controlled Substance
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.