On May 16th Port Hardy and Port Alice RCMP took part in National RCMP Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. Local Police Officers were out in full force targeting impaired drivers by actively patrolling our roads and highways.
Drivers found under the influence of drugs or alcohol face penalties including Criminal Code charges, Immediate Roadside Prohibitions, Vehicle Impoundments, and fines.
“The number of impaired drivers removed from our streets is alarming. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious safety concern and a tragedy waiting to happen,” states Staff Sergeant Gord Brownridge, detachment commander of the Port Hardy RCMP.
“Road safety is a priority for our detachment and the RCMP will continue enforcement efforts to ensure our roadways are safe for all users.”
If you are planning on drinking, do not drive, have a plan, choose a designated driver or spend the night.
Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 if they see an impaired driver. If possible, record the license plate, vehicle description and direction of travel. These details assist officers in locating the vehicle, and apprehending the driver.