It looks like 2020 is off to a busy start for the OPP. The police service has reportedly seen hundreds of drivers already taken off the road for drunk or careless driving in and around the GTA. Ontario's dangerous driving problem is not slowing down, and officers are reportedly busting 3 to 4 impaired drivers a day. 

"We've already seen 135 charges laid for alcohol or drug-related impaired driving," Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in a tweet

"We've also seen over 300 drivers taken off the road for dangerous driving, street racing, stunt driving."

"We're seeing drivers driving far too aggressively, far too impatient, putting themselves and other people at risk."

The most recent case was of a 37-year old Hamilton woman who was driving erratically on the QEW in Oakville.

Witnesses called 911 to report the issue because she was "all over the highway, up and down on speeds, all across the lanes, nearly colliding into concrete walls, nearly smashing into other vehicles," according to Sgt. Schmidt. 

She blew "well over three times the legal limit" at 9 o'clock in the morning, according to a tweet.

Schmidt also mentioned in the tweet that OPP relies on witnesses to call in when they see things like this. 

"You can certainly do your part by reporting these kinds of crimes," said Sgt. Schmidt. 

One driver was stopped for going 176km/hr on Highway 410 Northbound near Steeles Avenue yesterday.

As for impaired driving, there are always other options that don't include getting behind the wheel, according to Sgt. Schmidt.

"There are no excuses here in the Toronto region where you have public transit, you have rideshares and you have all kinds of options out there."

"If you are going to be heading out to celebrate wherever it is you're going this week, next week, or anytime, anywhere, make sure you have a plan to get home safe."

He also mentioned that it's not always drunk driving that is the issue. Many drivers are fatigued or distracted on their phones or in other sorts of ways, which can be just as dangerous when you are sharing the road with them. 

In fact, one driver was busted watching Youtube while on the road just a couple of months ago. 

Over 70 collisions were reported last week in the bad weather and a stopped police car was actually hit by oncoming traffic.


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