Impaired Drivers keep Grand Forks RCMP busy this Halloween weekend

B.C., Grand Forks

2021-11-01 09:16 PDT

File # Grand Forks RCMP

Grand Forks – Police Officers in Grand Forks kept busy this past weekend conducting several impaired driving investigations.

In less than 24 hours, between 830 PM on October 30 and 630 PM on October 31, Grand Forks RCMP officers conducted 3 impaired driving investigations.

The first investigation started on October 30 at 830 PM when Mounties were advised of a possible impaired driver. Officers began making patrols and eventually located the vehicle on North Fork Road. A 48-year-old man from Grand Forks was investigated for impaired driving and given an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) which resulted in a 90-day suspension of his driver’s license and a 30 day impound of his vehicle.

A few hours later, just after midnight on October 31, officers were called to a motor vehicle accident on the 3400 block of Carson Road, where a vehicle had driven off the road. Officers attended and quickly determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver, a 59-year-old woman from Grand Forks was taken to Boundary Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Officers did a blood demand and will await the results before presenting a report to the BC Prosecutions Services for charge approval.

Finally, on October 31 at 630 PM, officers were once again called to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 and Thompson Road in Christina Lake, where a vehicle had driven into the ditch. A 70-year-old man from Christina Lake was investigated for impaired driving and he received a 90-day suspension of his license and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Its disconcerting the amount of people that still feel they can drink alcohol and still get behind the wheel of a vehicle, says Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 2 of these 3 incidents involved accidents where the driver could have severely hurt themselves or someone else or have done something worse.

Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) is a provincial legislation that allows police officers to quickly and effectively investigate Impaired Driving matters. With an IRP, the officer can establish roadside that the driver has over 100 mg% of alcohol in their system (legal limit is 80 mg%) and from there issue a 90-day suspension of their driver’s license and have their vehicle impounded for 30 days. This is much quicker than the traditional Criminal Code Impaired Driving where a driver is brought back to the Detachment where samples of breath are collected, and then the driver is released for a court date later on. With an IRP, the driver does avoid having to go to Court and does avoid a criminal record, but the sanctions are quite severe. Following losing your license for 90 days, a driver can then apply for their license back, meaning that there are fines to pay, a course that must be taken and completed, and an interlock ignition system installed in your vehicle, all of which takes money and time to complete.

Released by

Sgt. Darryl Peppler

Detachment Commander
Grand Forks - Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment
1608 Central Ave, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
Office: 250-442-8288
Cell: 250-584-5133
Fax: 250-442-0172


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