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A 39-year-old male was arrested after a citizen made a call describing what sounded like someone driving while intoxicated. The alleged drunk driver had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit in Ontario, according to York Regional Police who charged the man with impaired driving. Apparently, the accused driver was captured on video shot from a police helicopter.

York police recently published their impaired driving stats, showing more drivers got behind the wheel in 2017 while having used drugs. In fact, there was an increase of 21 per cent in driving charges stemming from drug use in 2017 compared to 2016 statistics, and a massive 90 per cent jump from charges in 2015. The police chief said the numbers are alarming, especially given the fact marijuana use becomes legal this summer.

The police chief also said it is shocking that people believe they have the right to put other people's lives at risk by getting behind the wheel after having used drugs or alcohol. Police indicated that of the impaired driving arrests made in 2017, 18 per cent were women, while 82 per cent were men. Police call the statistics shocking.

Anyone injured by a drunk driver in Ontario has the right to discuss his or her right to pursue compensation with a personal injury lawyer. Injured parties can sue for pain and suffering, increased medical costs and lost wages due to the injuries. In the same instance, family members who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of a drunk driver can pursue compensation for their loss. No amount of money will allay the grief of losing a loved one, but it will help the family with such things as paying for their loved one's funeral or easing the financial burden of a spouse and children.





Source: cbc.ca, "Driver arrested with blood-alcohol level 4 times over legal limit, York police say", Julia Whalen, Jan. 3, 2018

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