York Regional Police
CANADA ROAD SAFETY WEEK 2018 RESULTS As part of Canada Road Safety Week, York Regional Police laid more than 2,200 charges and arrested 19 impaired drivers between Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and Monday, May 21, 2018. Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which has a goal of making Canada's roads the safest in the world. During this eight-day initiative through the Victoria Day long weekend, officers conducted a number of R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs and increased patrol to target impaired drivers. These efforts resulted in the arrest of 19 impaired drivers. Fifteen of those drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, four drivers were charged for being impaired by drugs, with three of those being impaired by cannabis. Officers also conducted enforcement on aggressive and unsafe driving behaviours which resulted in 3,162 interactions with drivers on our roads and a total of 2,287 charges laid. These charges included 786 tickets issued for speeding, 75 tickets for careless driving, 21 tickets for unsafe lane changes, 47 tickets to motorists who failed to wear their seatbelt and 123 drivers were charged for operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld device. This campaign is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of police enforcement is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority. The focus of Canada Road Safety Week is on the Big 4 Dangers, which are the behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk. These are impaired driving, either by alcohol and/or drugs, improper use or failure to use seatbelts, aggressive driving and distracted driving. York Regional Police encourages citizens to do their part. If you observe instances of speeding, unsafe lane changes, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or disobeying traffic lights and stop signs, or other unsafe driving please consider making an online report through our Road Watch program at https://onlinereporting.yrp.ca/RoadWatch.html If you see an impaired driver or a dangerous driving situation in progress, or any driving behaviour which you believe constitutes an immediate risk to public safety, please call 9-1-1 to report the details. Together, we can work to make our roads and communities safer. For more information, please contact the York Regional Police Traffic Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7703.
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Meet Sergeant James Ward. This 18-year veteran of YRP didn't think twice about putting his life on the line to save a young man in crisis. His courage earned him the 2018 Garrett Styles Bravery in the Line of Duty Award at this year's Police Appreciation Night. This honour is especially meaningful to Sergeant Ward, as he was one of Constable Styles' coach officers.
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit are seeking suspects following a home invasion in the Town of Newmarket. On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at approximately 6:30 a.m., York Regional Police were called to a residence on Botany Crescent following a report of a home invasion robbery. The two homeowners were in the residence when an unknown male suspect knocked on the door. When one of the victims answered the door the suspect forced his way inside followed by two additional suspects. Both of the victims received minor injuries after they were assaulted several times. The suspects fled the scene in a black four-door vehicle. The three suspects are described as male, Black, 20 to 25 years old. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who has information on the location of the suspects is asked to contact police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.
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