16 drivers charged with impaired driving by York Police

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Twelve men and four women were charged with alcohol-related driving offences in the York Region, Between Friday, September 16 and Sunday, August 18, 2016. Five of the charges resulted from a motor vehicle collision, seven from general patrol or R.I.D.E. spot checks and four from calls made to police by community members.

Don’t drink or use drugs and drive is such a simple message. Why are so many drivers in York Region not understanding it? This is the question being asked by York Regional Police.

Eleven drivers registered readings of more than twice the legal limit and four were more than .300 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, shortly before 11 p.m., York Regional Police received a call from a concerned citizen that was reporting a possible impaired driver on Stouffville Road, travelling east. The caller was able to obtain a licence plate number, as well describing that the suspect vehicle was weaving in and out of lanes and had struck a median. Officers were able to locate the vehicle parked in the driveway of the registered owner in Stouffville.

As officers approached the vehicle, they found the 29-year-old driver asleep in the car with his foot hanging out of the driver’s-side door and his body slumped across the centre console, with the car keys in his hand. After waking up the driver, he was arrested for Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle. The driver was taken to #5 District Headquarters in the City of Markham and given a breath test, which showed his readings to be in excess of .230 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is .080 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As a result, the driver was charged with one count of Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle.

Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message. Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. 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. – CINEWS

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