Increased Spot Checks For St. Patrick’s Day
York Regional Police Increasing Spot Checks For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
While York Regional Police encourages everyone to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, all are reminded to please do so responsibly.
The York Regional Police Traffic Bureau will enhance the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program today. Uniform officers from across the region will be conducting spot checks and will pay special attention to areas where St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are occurring.
All motorists are encouraged to enjoy the celebrations around the region responsibly and consider alternatives to driving if you have been drinking: Arrange for a designated driver; use public transit; call a taxi (#TAXI on your cell phone will connect you to the nearest taxi company); or arrange for overnight accommodations.
York Regional Police reminds those hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties that they are responsible for their guests. If you are hosting such an event, take measures to ensure that your guests drink responsibly.
Anyone charged with an impaired driving offence will have their driver’s licence automatically suspended for 90 days. In many cases, the driver’s car is impounded. An accused person will have to go to court and, if convicted, face a sentence of a minimum fine of $1,000 fine and/or imprisonment. If someone suffers bodily harm as a result of an impaired driving offence, then the accused faces the prospect of a 10-year jail sentence; if someone dies, then the accused is liable to a sentence of imprisonment for life.
Impaired driving, whether caused by drugs or alcohol, is a senseless and totally preventable crime that continues to destroy the lives of innocent people every day. Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. When you drink or use drugs and then drive, you not only risk your own life and those of your passengers, but the lives of every other driver and pedestrian on the road.
York Regional Police is always concerned about road safety and we enhance our enforcement and education efforts during holidays and special occasions such as St. Patrick’s Day.