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RCMP check 1,000 vehicles on May 22 blitz looking for impaired drivers

May 22 was National Impaired Driving Night for Prince George RCMP and they were out in force.

On that day, the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services Unit was out as part of an ongoing campaign to take impaired drivers off the roads. Four traffic members were out on Saturday night speaking with drivers and checking for a variety of driving offences, in addition to checking for sober drivers.

Sgt. Kyle Ushock, commander of the Municipal Traffic Services Unit, says police checked approximately 1,000 vehicles at three different check-stop locations throughout the evening. Here are some of the reasons police removed vehicles from the road that night:

  • 3 x 90-Day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions
  • 2 x Excessive speed impoundments
  • 1 x 24-hour suspension for alcohol
  • 4 x Drivers without a driver’s license
  • 3 x Vehicles without insurance
  • 1 x Unlicensed prohibited driver

Members also issued tickets for the following Motor Vehicle Act violations:

  • 4 x Drive contrary to restrictions
  • 1 x Drive without due care
  • 2 x Speeding
  • 1 x Fail to produce insurance
  • 2 x Fail to display “L”
  • 1 x Fail to state name to police
  • 1 x Fail to provide Driver’s License upon request

Crashes involving alcohol and or/drugs are a leading criminal cause of death in Canada. It is important to know that even one drink of alcohol can reduce your reaction time, blur or double your vision, impair your reflexes and alter your attention span. Cannabis or other drugs can affect your ability to drive safely. Cannabis impairs both the cognitive and motor abilities you use to operate a vehicle safely. Researchers estimate that driving within three hours of consuming cannabis doubles your risk of having a crash.

May is High Risk Driving Awareness month in B.C.

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