It’s become an all too familiar theme in the York region of Ontario: instead of seeing a hard-won decrease in impaired driving arrests, police are noticing that the cases are increasing again. It’s hard to believe, especially considering the York region was the location of fatal Neville-Lake family crash. The crash happened when Marco Muzzo was driving drunk on his way back from the airport, he ran a red light, and crashed into a minivan, killing three young children and their grandfather in the aftermath.
No matter where you live in Canada, summer is a busy season for impaired driving arrests, but because the Neville-Lake family still live in the York region, they and local police wanted to try a new tactic to stop drunk driving.
Friends of the Neville-Lake children have shared their drawings on social media in the hopes that someone who’s tempted to drink and drive will see them and understand that these children, some as young as two, want people to stop making the choice to drive drunk.
Some of the images show what they miss about their friends, like a basketball game, while others are a warning not to drink and drive. Police are sharing these images as part of the York region’s “Not One More” summer drinking and driving campaign, and along with the drawings they are also sharing some scary statistics about the region.
According to local police, they charged twenty-eight impaired drivers in a week’s time this past June and twenty six offenders were charged on Canada Day alone. Police are also seeing a number of fatal drunk driving crashes. The only good news out of the region is that police are out on the roads doing RIDE stops, and they’re receiving phone calls from concerned drivers who want to report drunk drivers.
Whether you live in the region or somewhere else in Ontario, if you see these drawings somewhere this summer, make sure you share with a friend or family member why they were created and who they are in honor of. Maybe you’ll be able to lend a helping hand in stopping the constant flow of impaired driving arrests in the York region.