York Regional Police officers arrested five impaired drivers last night, one of whom was involved in a collision in Newmarket.
At the scene of a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive shortly after 10 p.m., officers approached one of the drivers involved who was standing on the road, according to a news release.
When officers spoke with him, they could smell alcohol and observed he was swaying. He was arrested and taken to the police station for a breath test, where he blew more than twice the legal limit, police said.
A 27-year-old man from Uxbridge is charged with impaired driving, over 80 and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
The number of impaired-related criminal driving charges continues to rise this year, with police laying more than 1,200 charges. Five people have died this year in collisions where alcohol or drug impairment were contributing factors, according to police.
Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada and, according to MADD Canada, up to four Canadians are killed every day in alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle collisions and hundreds more are injured.
York Regional Police are encouraging the public to call 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads...Your Call program to report suspected impaired driving.
“I find it so frustrating that despite our many efforts to educate drivers on the dangers of impaired driving, in addition to our highly publicized enforcement efforts, people continue to drive while impaired,” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe.
“Every day and night, innocent lives are put at risk when people who have consumed alcohol or used drugs choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. This can no longer be tolerated. We all must take responsibility to prevent the loss of life on our roads due to impaired driving.”