In their summer impaired-driving prevention campaign, York Regional Police (YRP) want to prevent another tragedy like the devastating collision that claimed the lives of the Neville-Lake children and their grandfather.
As part of the #NotOneMore campaign, officers will be handing out awareness cards to educate drivers on the potentially horrific consequences of impaired driving.
“We often forget that kids are always watching us, always listening to us as grownups,” says Jennifer Neville-Lake, in a statement.
Her children, Daniel, 9, Milly, 2, and Harry, 5, died when the minivan they were travelling in was hit in an impaired-driving crash at Vaughan in September 2015. Her father, Gary Neville, 65, was also killed in the crash.
“As adults, we need to remember to take the time to listen and really hear what the children are saying. My kids’ friends are telling their sad stories about what happened to their friends. I hope you hear them so that no other children have to draw these types of stories again. #NotOneMore.”
“Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message,” police say, in the statement. Impaired driving charges increased 21 per cent from 2016 to 2017 and numbers are consistently high again this year. Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.
“At YRP, we are doing everything we can to prevent another tragedy like this on our roads,” Chief Eric Joliffe says. “Our goal is to continue to do whatever it takes to convince people not to use alcohol or drugs and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
If you see dangerous driving or behaviours on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists or pedestrians, police encourage you to immediately call 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads…Your Call Program.