Snow plow driver charged with impaired driving

A 28-year-old man has been charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences after the snow
plow truck he was operating left the roadway and ended up in a ditch.

On February 1 at 7 p.m., York Regional Police were called to Baseline Road, west
of Civic Centre Road, in the Town of Georgina for a report of a single-vehicle collision. When
officers arrived, they found a snow plow had left the roadway and rolled on its side. During the
collision, the truck struck a hydro pole. As officers spoke with the driver, they could smell
alcohol and he was placed under arrest. He was transported to #3 District Headquarters for a breath
test, which he failed.

The man was charged with 80 plus, impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

In 2019, York Regional Police received 3,500 calls to 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers as
part of our Safe Roads, Your Call program. That was an increase of nearly 18 per cent from the
previous year. Many of those calls led to the more than 1,700 impaired-related criminal charges
being laid. If you see dangerous driving or behaviours on the road that could jeopardize the safety
of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately.

York Regional Police continues to remind residents that the safest amount of alcohol or drugs to
consume before you drive is zero.

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