After one of the deadliest years in recent history, York Regional Police says it will consider publicly naming each person it charges with an impaired driving offence.
“We’re trying everything,” said Const. Andy Pattenden. “This is just one more tool that may have an impact.”
Police say the number of impaired driving offences in the region is climbing. Nine people were killed by impaired drivers in 2016 and police say they pulled 10 to 20 impaired drivers off the road every weekend.
The deadly year followed one of the worst impaired driving cases in Ontario history, when three children and their grandfather were killed on a Vaughan road in September 2015.
York Regional Police say the disheartening year is pushing it to explore the new strategy, but it wouldn’t be the first GTA police service to name and shame drivers.
Durham Regional Police publishes the names of impaired drivers on its website, and York Regional Police says its approach may be similar.
“If we [published names] we’d be putting out a media release, we’d be putting it on our social media pages, on our website as well,” Pattenden said.
Beyond dissuading impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, police say publicly naming drivers could also help the public identify offenders who violate their automatic 90-day license suspension.