PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Section were visible throughout the Holiday Season, ensuring that everyone made it home safely.
The Municipal Traffic Section setup numerous CounterAttack checkstops throughout our community, 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, thirteen impaired drivers were apprehended:
- 5 were issued 90-day license suspensions and a 30-day vehicle impoundment, for blowing over 100 mg%;
- 5 were issued 3-day license suspensions and a 3-day vehicle impoundment, for blowing between 60-99 mg%;
- 3 were issued 24 hour suspensions for having alcohol or drugs affecting their ability to drive safely.
In addition, three other persons were charged under provincial legislation for having open liquor in their vehicles.
Municipal Traffic Section also continued to ensure the safety for all road users, by focusing on their core mandate. 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;
- 2 seatbelt offences;
- 2 distracted driving offences for using a handheld device (cell phone) while driving;
- 32 other violation tickets were issued for various moving and administrative offences.
The Prince George RCMP would like to thank all those who made the right decision to get a safe ride home this holiday season. There were no serious injury or fatal collisions in the City of Prince George during the month of December.
For the month of January, please slow down and drive to the road & weather conditions. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
Written and released by Prince George RCMP
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