Concerned citizen call leads to arrest of impaired driver

York Regional Police has charged a 28-year-old woman from Newmarket after a concerned citizen called 9-1-1 to report a suspected impaired driver.

On September 11 at 10:28 p.m., York Regional Police responded to a call for a suspected impaired driver in the area of Yonge Street and Green Lane, in the Town of East Gwillimbury.

Information had been received that the suspect driver had nearly struck another vehicle. Officers located the suspect vehicle driving in the area of Yonge Street and Davis Drive in the Town of Newmarket.

Officers found that the driver of the vehicle was showing signs of being impaired by alcohol. There were two other adults along with their six-year-old child in the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest and taken for a breath test which she failed.

A video from this incident is available for viewing at the following link:

In 2019, York Regional Police received 3,500 calls to 9-1-1 reporting suspected impaired drivers as part of our Safe Roads, Your Call program. That was an increase of nearly 18 per cent from the previous year. Many of those calls led to the more than 1,700 impaired-related criminal charges laid. So far in 2020, more than 2,000 calls have been placed to 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers.

If you see dangerous driving on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately.

York Regional Police continues to remind residents that the safest amount of alcohol or drugs to consume before you drive is zero.


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