Impaired driving statistics concern police chief

York Regional Police released the 2017 impaired driving statistics. Despite 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 impaired.


Number of Incidents*

Number of Charges*
















*The number of incidents is calculated using methodology required by Statistics Canada and does not include multiple charges laid in a single incident. These stats are captured in the annual York Regional Police Statistics Report. However, the Traffic Bureau tracks all charges laid in a single incident, for example where one person in one incident is charged with both Impaired Driving and Over 80. **Unaudited figures, subject to change

“These incredibly disappointing numbers must serve as a wake-up call that something has to change,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe.  “It’s alarming that prior to the pending legalization of marihuana we are seeing this spike of drivers impaired by drugs. In light of the continued warnings about the dangers of impaired driving from police services across Canada, it’s shocking that anyone feels they have the right to risk the lives of innocent people by drinking alcohol or using drugs and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. I can assure our community that York Regional Police is not giving up. We will continue to use education, enforcement and every tool at our disposal in our fight against impaired driving.”

Of the drivers arrested, 82 per cent were men and 18 per cent were women. Almost half the of men arrested ranged in age from 21 to 34 and almost half the women arrested ranged in age from 25 to 44.

Breath test reading ranges – Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC):

  • >300 = 1 per cent treated as a medical emergency
  • 200 – 300= 13 per cent
  • 150 – 200 = 20 per cent
  • 120 – 150 = 19 per cent
  • 100 – 120 = 10 per cent
  •   80 – 100 = 8 per cent

In one disturbing incident over the holidays, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen who observed a vehicle all over the road just before 4:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, December 28, 2017. The vehicle was travelling east on Elgin Mills Road between McCowan Road and Ninth Line in the City of Markham. Air2 quickly responded and obtained visuals of the vehicle to direct officers on the ground to the suspect’s location. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 39-year-old man from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, was arrested and taken to the station where he blew almost four times the legal limit. He has been charged with Over 80 and Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

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