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York Regional Police removed 24 impaired drivers from our roadways and charged 77 distracted drivers in a seven-day period.

Twenty-one male drivers and three female drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between Monday, November 6, 2017, and Monday, November 13, 2017. Twenty drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, two drivers were charged with being impaired by drugs and two drivers were charged for failing to provide a breath sample. Nine of those drivers were stopped by officers conducting general patrol or at R.I.D.E. spot checks, four drivers were arrested after being involved in collisions and 11 impaired drivers were stopped as a result of calls from concerned citizens.

On Friday, November 10, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a parking lot at 9505 Keele Street in the City of Vaughan, in the area of Keele Street and Rutherford Road, for a report of a man asleep at the wheel of a vehicle that was running. While en route officers were provided with an update that the driver had awoken, was revving the engine and drove towards one of the commercial units in the plaza. He ended up striking a cement garbage can. When officers arrived they located the vehicle up on a curb and were directed to the driver who was inside a nearby business. He was placed under arrest and taken to #4 District for a breath test, where he blew more than twice the legal limit.

Charged:

• A 32-year-old man from the City of Mississauga

Charges:

• Impaired Driving

• Over 80

• Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

York Regional Police is not giving up.

Our continued efforts to prevent senseless death and injury on our roads includes educating students and our community on ways to avoid impaired driving, including this festive season’s campaign: Don’t go Along for the R.I.D.E.

The York Regional Police R.I.D.E. program is a year-long initiative that is enhanced during the festive season. York Regional Police urges all drivers to take proactive measures if drinking by arranging for overnight accommodations, appointing a designated driver, taking a cab or using public transit.

The message is clear: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

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.