13 drivers held for impaired driving in York region roads

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Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada

Impaired drivers on GTA raods are causing a lot of frustration for police officers, who have been pointing to several recent tragedies and asking drivers to exercise caution.

“Despite the significant tragedies we have experienced on York Region roads and ongoing police efforts to stop drivers from drinking or using drugs and driving, motorists are continuing to put their lives and the lives of innocent people at risk by driving while impaired. This past weekend, another 13 drivers were arrested from Friday May 27, 2016, through to Sunday May 30, 2016, and charged with alcohol and drug-related criminal driving offences”, the York Regional Police said.

Of the 13 arrests, four were a result of motor vehicle collisions. Officers conducting R.I.D.E. spot checks and general patrol located five impaired drivers and four of the arrests were as a result of concerned citizens calling 9-1-1 to report possible impaired drivers.

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“Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. When you drink or use drugs and drive you not only risk your life and those of your passengers, but the lives of every other driver and pedestrian on the road.”

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, shortly before 7:30 p.m., officers came upon a collision between a motorcycle and a car on Metro Road and Spring Road in the Town of Georgina. The rider of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old man from the Town of Georgina, was taken to hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car, 20-year-old Justin  Clodd from the Township of Perry, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with Impaired Driving Cause Bodily Harm, Over 80, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Trafficking.

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On Sunday, May 29, 2016, shortly before 1 a.m., officers were responding to a possible impaired driver that had been called in by a citizen in the area of Highway 7 and Highway 427 in the City of Vaughan. When officers arrived they located three vehicles, including the suspect vehicle that had been involved in a serious collision. As a result, two people were taken to hospital suffering from injuries and 56-year-old Harjit Singh Gill, from the City of Brampton has been charged with Impaired Driving Cause Bodily Harm and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm.

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, shortly before 6 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle collision in the area of Major Mackenzie Drive West and Timber Creek Boulevard in the City of Vaughan. Officers located a red Jeep Wrangler in the middle of the roadway that had struck a hydro pole. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old John-Michael Cimicata was charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80.

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We continue to urge citizens to report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 as part of our Safe Roads… Your Call program. We consider these calls a potentially life-threatening crime in progress and we respond to these calls promptly. The message is clear:  DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE. – CINEWS.

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