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Drivers not getting the message: Impaired driving charges up in GTHA

Last Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 6:42 am EDT

It seems drivers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are not getting the message when it comes to impaired driving.

Ontario provincial police say there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of alcohol-related criminal driving charges laid this year over the last year.

October was particularly bad on GTHA roads. The OPP laid 168 alcohol-related criminal driving charges last month, compared to 120 during the same time last year – that’s 40 per cent more than in October of last year.

From Jan. 1 until Oct. 31, police laid 1,430 alcohol-related criminal driving charges in the GTHA, compared to 1,196 charges during the same time last year.

With the holidays approaching, the OPP are urging people not to drink and drive, and to make other arrangements to get home.

According to police, fatal crashes as a result of impaired driving continue to be a leading cause of death on Ontario highways.