Over the past week, 17 impaired drivers were removed from York Region roads including yet another driver found asleep behind the wheel.
On Friday, February 22, 2019, shortly after 11:30 p.m., police were called to Pine Valley Crescent, in the area of Weston Road and Langstaff Road in the City of Vaughan, for a report of a vehicle off the roadway and the driver asleep. York Region Paramedic Services were on scene when police arrived and located a male asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, which was still running and in drive. With the assistance of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services, emergency services gained access the vehicle and the driver was awoken. After smelling a strong odour of alcohol, the driver was placed under arrest and taken to 4 District for a breath test. He blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.
Dashcam video of this incident is available for viewing here
A list of all the drivers charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences from February 19 to February 25, 2019 is available on the York Region Police website here
“Not only is this completely irresponsible, the emergency resources required to respond to these calls are tied up, when they could be needed for a true emergency,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “People continuing to make the poor decision to drive while impaired are putting lives at risk.”
York Regional Police thanks members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls. So far in 2019, these reports have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads which has led to more than 200 impaired-related criminal charges being laid.
The legal consequences of an impaired driving charge can include roadside vehicle impoundment and automatic driver’s licence suspension, as well as further consequences imposed by the courts, including longer licence suspensions, large fines and in some cases, jail time.
Police are reminding drivers that RIDE spot checks are conducted year-round and that officers are always watching for suspected impaired drivers. Police also continue to encourage citizens to call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.