There’s good news and bad news in the York Region of Ontario. The good news: police have created a successful distracted driving campaign called “We’re on Board, Are You?” that involves officers riding city buses to spot distracted drivers. The bad news? Ontario drunk drivers are still out in full force, and police in the York Region managed to arrest twenty people for impaired driving in one week.
Maybe it was the fact that summer is finally in the air, but the last few days of May and the first week of June saw thirteen Ontario drunk drivers in the York Region charged with alcohol impairment and seven others charged with impairment by drugs.
This isn’t what Ontario police want to see leading into the busy summer months. Although it’s been said time and again over the past two years, it’s really surprising to anyone living there that drunk driving in the York region hasn’t seen a significant drop since the fall of 2015.
That’s when Marco Muzzo drove drunk and crashed into a family, killing three small children and their grandfather. The ensuing media attention and the fact that the family spoke out against drunk driving many times should have been enough to at least cause a slow down of Ontario drunk drivers in the York region, but it seems to have had the opposite effect. If anything, drunk drivers have hit the roads even more, and 2016 was one of the worst years for drunk driving that the York Region had seen.
If a crash as shocking as this doesn’t make people think twice about drinking and driving, what will? York region police have floated the idea of publicizing mug shots and naming every drunk driver, and they’ve launched many anti-drunk driving campaigns since Muzzo’s crash. These campaigns have caught some drunk drivers, but they’ve also worked to show police that people are still mixing alcohol and driving at record levels.
If you live in the York region of Ontario, why not take a moment to think about all of the drunk driving crashes you’ve heard about over the past year? If you take that moment while you’re out at a bar, restaurant, pub, or nightclub and you’re weighing the pros and cons of driving home, even better. Whatever makes York region residents realize that you drinking and driving is a bad idea is a step in the right direction.