One of the most erratic incidents of impaired driving occurred during a road safety blitz by York Regional Police (YRP) this past week. This brings the total number of criminal charges for impaired driving to 100 since Jan. 1st.
The most bizarre of these incidents occurred January 27 at 3 a.m. when officers were alerted to a stopped vehicle at Warden Ave. and Yorktech Dr. There they discovered an unconscious man with his foot lodged onto the accelerator, the vehicle in gear and a tire spinning.
Dashcam footage of police’s arrival to the snowy scene can be viewed HERE.
The unconscious driver had to be pulled out of his vehicle through a window broken by Fire and Emergency Services. The presence of alcohol was immediately apparent to police who placed the individual under arrest before being transported to hospital.
He was charged with Impaired Driving.
Whether more charges will be laid in future depends on the police investigation, which is ongoing. The suspect has not yet been named and possibly faces an automatic driver’s licence suspension, large fines or jail time.
Nobody was hurt in this potentially life-threatening case but it was a different story this past summer when the roads were clear. On July 28, 2018 22-year-old Hassin Mir nearly killed a 49-year-old motorcyclist when his Honda S2000 hit him head-on.
The accident occurred at around noon when visibility was not an issue on Markham Rd. just south of 407. Both men were transported to hospital, but only Mir would recover fully as his victim was left with life-altering injuries.
He was charged with Dangerous Operation causing Bodily Harm and is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket February 28, 2019.
The YRP is “not giving up” on road safety, according to a statement issued today – and it is up to the community to keep our eyes open on the roads. Whether alcohol and inclement weather were factors in the first incident or reckless driving in the second – both led to life-threatening outcomes.
Vigilance on the roads, in the rain, shine, snow, morning or night is paramount and the key our safety. The YRP RIDE program promises year-round spot checks but they can only do so much without our help.
The Driving’s Tough Enough community campaign was also launched on YouTube to educate drivers of potential dangers on the road.
Anyone with information on these or any other road incidents are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. The YRP Major Collision Investigation Unit can be reached on 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7704.
(Image taken from YRP)