York Regional Police removed 27 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 98 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.
Twenty-one male drivers and six female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, September 18, 2017, and Monday, September 25, 2017. Twenty-four drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, two drivers were charged with being impaired by drugs and one driver was charged for failing to provide a breath sample. Twelve of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at RIDE spot checks, five drivers were arrested after being involved in a collision and ten impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens.
On Friday, September 22, 2017, at approximately 3:40 a.m., police responded to the area of Bathurst Street and Green Lane in Newmarket after several calls came in reporting that a black truck had struck a light pole then fled the scene. Officers located the truck a short distance away driving with damage and two flat tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver was arrested for Impaired Driving. Officers also located a quantity of marihuana and a scale in the vehicle.
• A 31-year-old man from the Town of Georgina
• Impaired Operation
• Over 80 mgs Alcohol in Blood
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cannabis
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.