For the past two years the York Region has been the center of the Ontario impaired driving issue. That’s because it was at a red light in the York Region that a drunk Marco Muzzo ran through when he was drunk. Because he did that, three young children and their grandfather lost their lives.
Police in the York Region have tried a few different things to stop the increase in Ontario impaired driving crashes, but nothing has worked so far. Since the Muzzo crash, more people have died and even more have been arrested thanks to people constantly making the choice to drink and drive.
This summer York police wanted to try something different. They launched the Not One More campaign on June 30th in memory of the Neville-Lake family, and the goal is that not one more person would be arrested or die because of alcohol and driving.
But it seems as though people in the area aren’t getting the Not One More message because 29 people have been charged with impaired driving over seven days. One of the most surprising is a 73 year old woman who caused a crash recently and is now facing an Ontario impaired driving charge. She hit the back of a car while it was stopped, and when police approached her she smelt of alcohol, and her breathalyzer reading showed she was more than two and a half times the legal limit of .08.
Another unique situation in the York region involved a resident who was driving drunk in the early hours of the morning. He was stopped by police, and after he failed field sobriety tests he was taken for a blood draw and released into the custody of a friend. Not even 30 minutes later he was back behind the wheel, and the same police officer who stopped him the first time stopped him again. His field sobriety test showed that he was still too drunk to drive, and he was taken to the hospital for yet another blood draw and sent to jail again.
Two DUIs within two hours could be a record, even in the York region, for how quickly a drunk driver hits the road after his arrest. Clearly he and everyone else in the area should be paying more attention to the Not One More campaign. If they did, the roads could start to be much safer in the area.