Over the past week, 21 impaired drivers were charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences and their vehicles removed from York Region roads.
On Sunday, March 3, 2019, shortly after 12:30 a.m., police were called to the area of Steeles Avenue East, east of Donald Cousens Parkway in the City of Markham for a report of a vehicle off of the roadway, approximately 20 metres into a field. When officers arrived they located the vehicle, which was still running and the driver who was asleep behind the wheel. Officers were eventually able to wake the driver who was arrested for impaired driving. He was transported to #5 District for a breath test where he blew more than three times the legal limit of alcohol. He was charged with Impaired Operation and 80 Plus.
Video of this incident taken from the York Regional Police helicopter Air2 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
Police thank members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. They 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 and successfully 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. They also continue to encourage citizens to call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.