Over the past week, 21 drivers were charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences and their vehicles removed from York Region roads.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after 10 p.m., police were called to a gas station located at 380 Main Street in the City of Markham for a report of a minor vehicle collision that had occurred in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they found one of the involved drivers asleep behind the wheel. Officers attempted to wake the driver, who smelled of alcohol. With the assistance of Markham Fire and Emergency Services and York Paramedic Services, the driver was woken up and checked medically. She was removed from the vehicle, placed under arrest and charged with Impaired Driving.
Police thank members of the community for helping them 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, more than 600 calls to 9-1-1 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 300 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.