PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The winter impaired driving enforcement campaign in Prince George has wrapped up for the holiday season.
From Friday November 30th to Tuesday January 1st, officers from the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services Section conducted a series of static check stops and roving patrols throughout the City of Prince George, selectively targeting impaired drivers.
These efforts were supplemented by General Duty officers working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During this time, more than 2000 drivers were checked for their level of sobriety on area roads.
These are the results:
- 45 – Impaired Drivers
- 4 Criminal Code Impaired Driving (alcohol)
- 1 Criminal Code Impaired Driving (drugs)
- 28 – 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) with 30 day vehicle impoundment (over 100 mg%)
- 12 – 3 day IRP with 7 day vehicle impoundment (between 60 – 99 mg%)
- 11 – Other Suspensions
- 9 – 24 hour Suspensions for alcohol (between 50 – 59 mg%)
- 1 – 24 hour Suspension for drugs
- 1 – 12 hour Suspension for a Learner or New Driver with alcohol in the body
- 18 – Prohibited / Suspended Drivers Apprehended
- 19 – Drivers served Prohibition Orders on behalf of the Motor Vehicle Branch
- 219 – Motor Vehicle Act or Motor Vehicle Act Regulation violations
- 20 – Drivers operating a vehicle without a valid licence
- 29 – Uninsured Vehicles
- 33 – Drivers operating a vehicle contrary to their driving restrictions
- 9 – Drive without Due Care & Attention charges
- 69 – Speeding violations
- 43 – Intersection related violations
- 8 – Distracted Driving violations
- 8 – Vehicles sent for inspection due to improper/inadequate equipment
- 3 – Liquor Control and Licencing Act violations
- 4 – Cannabis Act violations
- 1 – Firearms Act charge for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle
- 3 – Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges (possession of controlled substances)
- 5 – Other Criminal Code Charges
All of the above numbers are a concern for police and show that some road users still choose to ignore laws. Forty-five persons made the choice to drive while impaired to do so, putting other road users at increased risk.
Eighteen drivers knew they were prohibited or suspended from driving, yet were caught driving. Nearly fifty people were caught driving without a valid licence or without valid insurance, a seemingly innocent mistake until you’re involved in a collision and that mistake changes your life forever.
“Although the holidays are over, our attention will remain on those drivers that do the most harm in our community” says Sgt. Matt Labelle, in charge of the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Enforcement Section. “Please make good decisions about your driving habits and help us make our roads safer.”
Throughout January and February, the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Services Section will be conducting enforcement at high collision intersections, will target prohibited and suspended drivers, and will continue to address impaired driving.
Officers use a variety of tools to help them detect and apprehend impaired drivers, including Approved Screening Devices, Physical Coordination Testing, and Drug Recognition Experts.
The Prince George RCMP would like to thank vast majority of the public for exercising good judgement when driving on our roads, no matter what time of year. Officers would especially like to thank drivers for their patience during our impaired driving enforcement campaign.