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These incidents of impaired driving are unacceptable, said Chief Eric Jolliffe of York Region police.
This alarming trend of so many impared driving offences, continued Jollifre, prior to the pending legalization of marihuana in spite of of the continued warnings across Canada and continues,
" it’s shocking that anyone feels they have the right to risk the lives of innocent people by drinking alcohol or using drugs and getting behind the wheel. I can assure our community that York Regional Police is not giving up. We will continue to use education, enforcement and every tool at our disposal in our fight against impaired driving.”
The result of impaired driving in community has experienced, said Joliffe, many tragic incidents.
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Despite the loss of so many lives drivers still continue to put innocent people at risk.
The motorists are reminded by York Regional Police of the dangers of impaired driving and the serious consequences imposed for those found to be drinking or using drugs and driving.
The legal consequences of an impaired driving charge can include roadside vehicle impoundment and automatic driver’s license suspension.
In some cases the courts can impose impose longer licence suspensions, large fines and in some times, imprisonment.
York Regional Police considers these incidents a life-threatening and thanks members of the community for helping them stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads...Your Call program.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Apr 5 (Canadian-Media): Of more than 460 people killed in police encounters across Canada since the year 2000, 70 percent were mentally ill or had symptoms of drug abuse, media reports said.
42 percent of those who died were reportedly mentally distressed, while 45 per ent were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to Jennifer Lavoie, a criminologist at Wilfrid Laurier University, main factors contributing to the rise in police encounters with emotional distressed people are closure of residential care facilities and a lack of resources for the mentally ill.
Use of lethal force in these cases was stigma of mental illness, believed Lavoie.
"I think officers likely have the same kinds of attitudes towards people with mental illness that the public does…people with mental illness tend to be more unpredictable, more dangerous than the general population," Lavoie said.
Some Canadian police forces including the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) had created in 2013 a special unit to intervene in crisis situations involving mental health
HPS now operates distinct squads specializing in de-escalation and mental health or substance-abuse-related calls.
Its Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams connect mental health professionals and people in distress with medical and community services with the police and added such units should be mandatory for all police forces.
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'There's so many times that these individuals don't need to go to hospital, they don't need to be arrested. They just need somebody to talk to," said Sgt. Steve Holmes, who heads up a special unit of the HPS designed to intervene in crisis situations involving mental health.
Holmes said many officers in the Hamilton force are specially trained to spot the signs of a mentally ill or distressed person and work to calm them.
With its model becoming successful, HPS have trained neighbouring forces on their methods.
A similar program is also in place in Edmonton.
Retired Moose Jaw Police chief Terry Coleman police need to understand why a person in distress might not respond to their commands, and why an aggressive approach can be disastrous for someone who is mentally ill or impaired.
Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association said governments have failed to put enough mental health resources into the community and added officers are not able to rapidly access person's mental health status or background in a crisis situation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)