Po­lice forces to pub­lish names of im­paired driv­ers

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - ONTARIO NEWS - MICHELLE McQUIGGE

High num­bers of im­paired driv­ers on lo­cal roads have prompted two south­ern On­tario po­lice forces to resort to pub­lic sham­ing as a po­ten­tial de­ter­rent.

York Re­gional Po­lice and the South Simcoe Po­lice Ser­vice, two forces op­er­at­ing slightly north of Toronto, said they’ve doc­u­mented either stub­bornly high or rapidly in­creas­ing in­stances of im­paired driving in re­cent years

They said that since high­pro­file cases and pub­lic aware­ness ini­tia­tives have done lit­tle to curb the be­hav­iour, they’re rev­ers­ing long-stand­ing poli­cies and be­gin­ning to iden­tify those who wind up fac­ing charges of driving while im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs.

South Simcoe Po­lice said the move is tem­po­rary for now, last­ing only through the month of De­cem­ber, but York re­gional po­lice said their new ap­proach is ex­pected to stay in place in­def­i­nitely.

“We’re re­ally try­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble av­enue we have at our dis­posal be­cause we haven’t seen the num­bers de­creas­ing,” Const. Laura Ni­colle of the York Re­gion force said. “We re­ally are at that place where we have to keep be­ing ag­gres­sive. We can’t al­low it to go on.”

Ni­colle said York Re­gion of­fi­cers have seen per­sis­tently high num­bers over the past few years, adding at least 1,400 im­paired driving charges have been laid in the re­gion through­out 2018 alone.

The force said 27 of those charges came this past week­end.

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