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York police to publish names of impaired drivers

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A police force north of Toronto says consistently high numbers of impaired driving offences is prompting it to start publishing the names of all those charged.

York regional police say the move comes towards the end of a year that's seen the force lay 1,400 impaired-related charges so far.

Police say five people have died as a result of alcohol or drug-impaired driving in the region this year.

This past weekend alone, police say they laid 27 charges against 16 people, including a man who allegedly drove while his blood alcohol content was four times over the legal limit.

Police say they hope publishing the names of those charged will curb what they describe as a “distressing trend.”

The names of those facing charges will be shared on the force's website every Monday.

“It's clear that something has to change,” Police Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement.

“Effective immediately, York Regional Police will name all of the drivers charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences, to further make impaired driving socially unacceptable and so that members of our community can assist with notifying police if these offenders choose to drive while under suspension.”

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