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5 suspected impaired drivers arrested in Peel Region

03/15/2015 02:31 EDT | Updated 05/15/2015 05:59 EDT
At least five people have been arrested for impaired driving in Peel Region Sunday, prompting police to remind the public that drinking and driving is completely unacceptable.

"It is extremely disappointing to see that people are not getting the message about not driving after they've been drinking," Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said Sunday, when speaking with CBC News by telephone.

"It's very disturbing that in one case this morning, somebody drove their car into a tree and in another case, it seems that the person actually took a shortcut through a park to get to his friend's house and he was impaired. Obviously good judgment has gone out the window in cases like that and it creates [a] very, very dangerous situation for everybody else on the roadways."

Fitzpatrick said that if members of the public are planning on drinking on St. Patrick's Day they should plan ahead.

"Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a cab, call a friend — any number of different things, but get that in place before you go out to do your partying and your celebrating,' she said.

Fitzpatrick it is best to leave your car at home to avoid any temptation to use it after you have been drinking.

"If you've been drinking and you think you can get behind the wheel of a car and drive, that's a big mistake," she said.

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