Long weekends have a reputation for creating carnage on our roadways. Thankfully in Toronto this past weekend, July 31st to August 3rd, there were no lives lost on Toronto's Streets.
On behalf of Toronto Police officers, thank-you for helping to save lives. We know that no matter how much education, awareness and enforcement we do, the bottom line for road safety is your behaviour and the choices you make.
Alert, attentive and responsible road use, whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist, or motor vehicle operator, is the true determining factor for saving lives.
Having said all that, here are the numbers of the people that did almost everything they could to destroy all the good work of so many.
Warn range (Section 48 of the Highway Traffic Act) = 26
26 persons lost their licences for three days.
Over legal limit or refusing breath (Sec. 48.3 of the HTA) = 20
20 persons lost their licences for 90 days...and that's just the beginning of their problems.
Extreme driving; aka Stunt/Racing (Sec. 172 of the HTA) = 12
12 persons lost their licences for 7 days and also the cars they were operating.
Those are the people who are endangering everyones lives in Toronto by making terrible choices that can have significant consequences to public safety and which can leave a lasting mark on so many lives.
There is never an excuse to have to drive after drinking. Phone a friend, take public transit, use a designated driver.
As far as the extreme drivers...you are in complete control of your vehicle. If you got caught for a behaviour that fits the charge, than you have no one to blame but yourself.