Impaired driving is a serious issue all around the world, and Canada is certainly no exception to the rule. York Regional Police were called into an impaired driving case on Sunday after a Toronto snowplow driver rolled off the roadway. It was later discovered that the driver was intoxicated. 

Police reported that a 28-year-old plow operator caused havoc on Baseline Road after he struck a hydro pole near the Town of Georgina and rolled his vehicle off the roadway.

“On Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 7 p.m., York Regional Police were called to Baseline Road, west of Civic Centre Road, in the Town of Georgina for a report of a single-vehicle collision. When officers arrived, they found a snowplow had left the roadway and rolled on its side. During the collision, the truck struck a hydro pole,” read a news release by York Regional Police.

“As officers spoke with the driver, they could smell alcohol, and he was placed under arrest. He was transported to #3 District Headquarters for a breath test, which he failed,” it added.

Police later identified the man as being from the Township of Scugog. He has since been charged with impaired driving and dangerous operation.

YRP also reported that the driver had over 80 milligrams of alcohol in his system at the time of his arrest. The identity of the man has yet to be released.

Unfortunately, drunk driving incidents aren’t uncommon in Canada. MADD states that "on average, up to 4 Canadians are killed and many more are injured in alcohol and/or drug-related motor vehicle crashes on public roads."

Back in December, a suspected drunk driver crashed into a bus shelter full of people. Luckily, no one was injured. 

However, careless driving has also been reported around the area. 

In January, a shocking video showing a yellow truck pushing a much smaller Honda Civic sedan down Highway 401 went viral. The driver of the truck later claimed that he “didn’t see what was happening in front of him.”

The OPP reported on Saturday, February 1, 2020, that the driver had been located and charged in regards to the incident.

“The driver of the construction truck, a 50-year-old man from Whitby Ontario, has been charged with Careless driving in relation to this incident from January 13, 2020,” read a tweet from OPP’s Highway Safety Division.

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