December 2, 2018
There were eight arrests for impaired driving in York Region Sunday morning which shows people “aren’t getting the message,” according to police.
The Sunday shift. from 12 a.m. – 6 a.m., saw seven drivers arrested for impaired driving and one issued a three-day suspension.
In five of the alcohol-related cases York Regional Police dealt with, drivers were involved in traffic accidents. No one suffered injuries in any of those crashes.
All charges were were alcohol-related and not for drug driving.
On Sunday morning, York police tweeted for motorists to be on the look-out for early morning impaired drivers.\
“Yes, the numbers are high, but the phrase I’d use is disappointing with all the education and efforts over the years to reduce impaired driving,” said Insp. Peter Casey.
York police officers conduct RIDE inspections year-round, but will intensify their efforts until New Year’s Day.
This year in York five people have died in alcohol-related crashes and more than 1,200 charges have been laid for impaired-related offences.
“York police will work, as will our community partners, to end this,” Casey said.
Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada, called the Sunday’s charges in York “appalling.”
“Those numbers are really high when people know the police have communicated they will be out there,” Murie said.
“Over the last 18 months, there has been a lot of hype about drug-related driving, but we can’t lose our focus on alcohol.”
Currently, police use road-side sobriety tests to check for drug driving.
“Until we see police using oral (drug impaired) tests, we won’t see those numbers rise,” Murie said.