York Regional Police say they charged 11 people with impaired driving offences between Friday and Monday. One man, caught drinking behind the wheel, was 4.5 times over the legal limit.
A woman who allegedly fell asleep while driving down an off-ramp on Hwy. 404. A man allegedly caught drinking behind the wheel, smelling of urine and blowing 4.5 over the legal limit.
York police say they charged these two and nine others with impaired driving offences between Friday and Monday, and are warning drivers to stop driving while under the influence. Four were arrested on Monday alone, all in the middle of the day.
“Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message,” York police said in a release Tuesday.
Police are also asking the public to call 911 if they see a drunk driver. Two of those arrested on the weekend were caught after concerned citizens spotted them, York police said.
The man who was allegedly caught drinking while driving was also first spotted by a civilian, police said. He was stopped at 2:25 p.m. near Hwy. 7 and McCowan Rd. in Markham.
The woman who fell asleep at the wheel was arrested just after 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hwy. 404 and Major Mackenzie Drive.
“We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls,” police said.
Source: The Toronto Star