Over the past week, 30 drivers were charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences and their vehicles removed from York Region roads.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, shortly after 2 p.m., an officer had a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the area of Eagle Street and Davis Drive in Newmarket. The police cruiser, with its full emergency lights on, was struck by another vehicle, which continued to drive north on Yonge Street. That vehicle was eventually stopped and the driver was found to be impaired by alcohol. The driver was placed under arrest and taken to #1 District headquarters for a breath test, where she blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.
A list of all the drivers charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences from March 11 to March 18, 2019, is available for viewing here.
Police thank members of the community for helping them stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. They consider these calls a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to them. So far in 2019, more than 600 calls to 9-1-1 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from York Region’s 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 also 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