Impaired driving offences stretched GTA police during Holiday Season

Published: January 3, 2019

Updated: January 6, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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Over the Holiday Season, police in the Greater Toronto Area were kept busy by large numbers of impaired drivers. Statistics from the 2018 RIDE program show there were hundreds of drivers charged with drink and drug driving during the holidays.

Toronto police say they made 170 arrests where impaired driving was involved. These offences occurred during the holiday season between Nov. 14 and Dec. 31. During 2018 as a whole, police in GTA arrested 1,042 motorists for impaired driving.

“Unfortunately, we know that for every person arrested for impaired driving, there are many more that go undetected,” the Toronto Police Service said in the news release. “That is why partnerships and community involvement is so critical. Police want everyone to see impaired driving as a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 when they suspect someone is driving impaired.”

Citizens are a valuable tool for police and they say 8,500 people called 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired driving through the year.

More than 8,500 people called 9-1-1 to report suspected drunk driving in the last year, police said. Drink driving is still vastly outweighing drug driving following the legalization of marijuana in October. During the Holiday Season, 27 people were charged with violation of the Cannabis Act within the GTA.

“Police would also like to remind motorists to become aware of the new Cannabis Laws while transporting it in your motor vehicle. A driver cannot have cannabis in a motor vehicle when the seal of its original packaging is open and is within reach of the driver,” police said in a news release. “Durham Regional Police Service will continue RIDE spot checks throughout the year and remind motorists that drinking and driving or driving high will not be tolerated on our streets.”