Nearly 500 impaired driving charges laid by York police in 2019

A total of 24 more motorists have been charged with impaired driving by police in York Region.

The charges were laid between April 8 to 15.

“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,” reads a media release from police.

Police shared details one of the arrests, which came after a resident called in a report about a suspected impaired driver on Mount Albert Road in East Gwillimbury.

“Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Mount Albert Road and Colonel Wayling Boulevard. As officers spoke with the driver there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from her and police noticed that there was a one-year-old child in a car seat in the back of the vehicle,” reads a media release from police.

“The driver was placed under arrest for impaired driving and as the investigation continued, it was determined that her driver’s licence was under suspension from an impaired driving incident that occurred on January 23, 2019. The child was turned over to a family member, the Children’s Aid Society was notified and the driver was taken to #1 District Headquarters where she blew four times the legal limit for alcohol.”

The woman’s name has not been released to protect the identity of the child. For a list of the other people charged, click HERE.

“York Regional Police thanks members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 911,” the media release reads.

“We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls. So far in 2019, more than 800 calls to 911 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 490 impaired-related criminal charges being laid.”

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