York police are again sounding the alarm bell after a weekend where 16 drivers were charged for putting other peoples lives at risk by driving impaired.
Between Friday, August 26 and Sunday, August 28, 2016, 14 men and two women were charged with alcohol-related driving offences.
One of the people charged stemmed form a crash while seven of those charged were from general patrol or R.I.D.E. spot checks and eight from calls made to police by community members.
Nine drivers registered readings of more than twice the legal limit; of those, four were more than 200 milligrams and two were more than 300 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
One of the more shocking incidents happened on Friday, August 26, at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Police received a call about a Dodge Caravan swerving in the area of Islington Avenue and Highway 7 in Vaughan, nearly hitting other vehicles.
Officers located the van parked in the southbound lanes of Islington Avenue with the driver unconscious and slouched over the steering wheel and it took several attempts by officers to wake the driver.
A 25-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with Impaired Care or Control and Over 80.
On Sunday, August 28, 2016, at approximately 8:45 p.m., again in the area of Islington Avenue and Highway 7 in Vaughan, an officer on patrol observed a Ford F150 driving erratically.
It took several attempts to alert the driver he was being pulled over. He was arrested and his readings registered more than three times the legal limit.
A 46-year-old man from Mississauga has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80.
York police are concerned that despite repeated warnings by police and numerous senseless tragedies the roadways, drivers are not getting the message.
They say impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.