More Caught Drinking and Driving

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:16 a.m. January 5, 2016

There was an eight per cent increase in people charged with impaired driving-related offences during this year’s RIDE program that started on November 19, 2015 and ended on January 3, 2016.

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Constable William Niziol leans in to speak to the driver of a car going southbound on Yonge Street during a RIDE stop check.

A total of 211 arrests were made, compared to 195 for the corresponding period a year ago.

“This is unacceptable,” said Constable Clint Stibbe of Traffic Services. “It shows that some people aren’t getting the message that they can’t drink and drive. It’s a poor decision that puts lives at risk.”

Overall, 1,364 individuals where charged during the year for impaired driving compared to 1,371 in 2014.

Meanwhile, two people received warnings during a four-hour spot check conducted by TPS officers on Bayview Ave., from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., on New Year’s morning.

A total of seven officers were assigned to the detail, in which approximately 150 drivers were stopped. Of the four screening tests performed, two passed and two others received warnings.

Stibbe explained why officers were out early in the morning conducting the spot check.

“While far fewer people are choosing to drink and drive, more are getting into their cars in the morning after consuming quantities of alcohol the night before,” he said. “Many do this without realizing they could be impaired due to their blood alcohol level. You cannot speed up the process of getting sober, no matter what you do. So, a cold shower, an open window or an energy drink will not help. Only time will.”

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