YRPS charged 17 motorists with impaired driving last week

Seventeen more motorists have been charged with impaired driving in York Region.

The charges were laid between Feb. 19 and Feb. 25. In total, more than 200 impaired driving charges have been laid by YRPS officers thus far in 2019.

“Not only is this completely irresponsible, the emergency resources required to respond to these calls are tied up, when they could be needed for a true emergency,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe.

“People continuing to make the poor decision to drive while impaired are putting lives at risk.”

The YRPS shared video footage of one of the arrests, which came after officers received a report of a vehicle that was off the road and the driver allegedly asleep at the wheel in Vaughn.

“York Region Paramedic Services were on scene when police arrived and located a male driver asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, which was still running and in drive. With the assistance of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services, entry was gained into the vehicle and the driver was awoken. After smelling a strong odour of alcohol, the driver was placed under arrest and transported to #4 District for a breath test, where he blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol,” reads a media release.

For a full list of those charged, click HERE.

“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,” the media release concludes.

“We are reminding drivers that York Regional Police conducts RIDE spot checks year-round and that our officers are always watching for suspected impaired drivers. We also continue to encourage citizens to call 911 if you spot a suspected impaired driver. We’re not giving up.”

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