Police targets distracted and impaired driving

 York Regional Police will be regularly updating our community on its efforts to keep York Region Roads safe, which include targeted enforcement of distracted driving and impaired driving, both by drugs and alcohol.

Almost 100 drivers were charged with distracted driving between May 1 and May 7. The Provincial Offence Notice carries with it a $490 fine. Ten drivers were caught by the We’re on Board, Are You? campaign, where officers are riding York Region Transit buses to catch drivers who are distracted.

During the same time period, 19 drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences.  Fifteen drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, three drivers were charged for refusing to provide a breath sample upon demand and one driver was charged with being impaired by drugs.

In one of the incidents on May 1 at 4:40 pm officers responded to the parking lot of a high school on Springside Road in Vaughan for a collision and a female driver who was passed out behind the wheel. She was arrested and several bottles of alcohol were located in her purse and in her vehicle. The 56-year-old female driver from the City of Vaughan was charged with Impaired Care and Control and Over 80.

On May 4, just after midnight, an officer stopped a vehicle after observing the driver swerving on the roadway. The officer detected an odor of marihuana and arrested the driver. The driver was charged for being impaired by drug after being assessed by a Drug Recognition Expert.

York Regional Police thanks members of the community for helping stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads…Your Call program. They consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls.

If you see dangerous driving or behaviours on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to contact police immediately.



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