16 held in York region for impaired-driving offences

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Drivers in York Region are still defying the law and putting lives at risk, the York Police said on Tuesday after 16 motorists were charged with impaired-driving related offences last weekend.

Between Friday, August 26 and Sunday, August 28, 2016, 14 men and two women were charged with alcohol-related driving offences, including one that resulted from a motor vehicle collision, seven from general patrol or R.I.D.E. spot checks and eight from calls made to police by community members.

Nine drivers registered readings of more than twice the legal limit; of those, four were more than 200 milligrams and two were more than 300 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.

Unconscious driver

On Friday, August 26, at approximately 9:40 p.m., police received a call about a Dodge Caravan swerving in the area of Islington Avenue and Highway 7 in the City of Vaughan, nearly hitting other vehicles. Officers located the van parked in the southbound lanes of Islington Avenue with the driver unconscious and slouched over the steering wheel. It took several attempts by officers to wake the driver. A 25-year-old man from the City of Toronto has been charged with Impaired Care or Control and Over 80.

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On Sunday, August 28, 2016, at approximately 8:45 p.m., again in the area of Islington Avenue and Highway 7 in the City of Vaughan, an officer on patrol observed a Ford F150 driving erratically. It took several attempts to alert the driver he was being pulled over. He was arrested and his readings registered more than three times the legal limit. A 46-year-old man from Mississauga has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80.

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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