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In a continuation of a disturbing trend, which shows no signs of slowing down, York Regional Police arrested 15 drivers for impaired driving in less than 72 hours.

This past weekend, another 15 drivers were arrested between Friday, July 8 through to Sunday July 10, 2016, and charged with alcohol-related offences.

Of the 15 arrests, three were a result of motor vehicle collisions. Officers conducting RIDE spot checks and general patrol charged eight impaired drivers and four of the arrests resulted from motorists calling 911 to report possible impaired drivers.

In one of the incidents on July 9, shortly after 7 p.m., an officer was walking through the parking lot at the York Regional Police, 5 District, located at 8700 McCowan Road in Markham, when he noticed a man sleeping in the driver’s seat of a Toyota Sienna van.

As he approached the van to check on the man’s well-being, the officer immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the van as well as an open case of beer.

After waking up the driver and speaking with him, it became apparent he was impaired and that he had no idea that he was in a police parking lot. The 34-year-old male driver from Toronto has been charged with one count of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle – Care and Control and his driver’s licence was suspended.

York police continue to urge citizens to report impaired drivers by calling 911 as part of its Safe Roads… Your Call program.

Source: York Region