The Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Section was visible throughout the holiday season.
The police setup numerous CounterAttack checkstops throughout the city, seeking out those drivers who were impaired by alcohol or drugs. The cold weather certainly assisted the officers this year, as the volume of traffic was down, compared to last year.
During the month long campaign, 13 impaired drivers were apprehended:
- five were issued 90-day license suspensions and a 30-day vehicle impoundment, for blowing over 100 mg%;
- five were issued three-day license suspensions and a 3-day vehicle impoundment, for blowing between 60-99 mg%;
- three were issued 24 hour suspensions for having alcohol or drugs affecting their ability to drive safely.
In addition, three other people were charged under provincial legislation for having open liquor in their vehicles.
Throughout the month of December, numerous drivers were stopped for violations under the BC Motor Vehicle Act:
- 112 speeding tickets, including 37 for speeding in school zones;
- 12 intersection-related violations;
- two seatbelt offences;
- two distracted driving offences for using a handheld device (cell phone) while driving;
- 32 other violation tickets were issued for various moving and administrative offences.
There were no serious injury or fatal collisions in the City of Prince George during the month of December.