Four hours nets seven impaired drivers in the Comox Valley
2022-07-12 12:35 PDT
In just four hours starting on July 6th, 2022, Comox Valley RCMP Frontline officers took seven impaired drivers off our roads.
The first driver was pulled over just before 11 p.m. on Cliffe Avenue for driving without proper headlights. The driver was issued a 3-day driving prohibition for being impaired by alcohol.
The second driver was stopped because he appeared to be smoking cannabis and the officer wished to ensure his sobriety. This driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition for being impaired by drugs.
The third driver was pulled over after the frontline officer observed the driver swerve the vehicle suddenly into oncoming traffic and then back into their lane. This driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and their car was impounded for 30 days for being impaired by alcohol.
The fourth driver was stopped for speeding on Island Highway South by Beachwood Road. This driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition, speeding ticket, and their car was impounded for 30 days for being impaired by alcohol.
The fifth driver was a new driver, stopped for speeding. This driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition for being impaired by alcohol and a speeding ticket.
The sixth driver was pulled over on Lerwick Road in Courtenay at 1:44 a.m. This driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and their car was impounded for 30 days for being impaired by alcohol.
It was approximately 2:45 a.m. when the seventh driver was arrested for impaired driving after crashing her vehicle into another vehicle parked on Kilpatrick Avenue in Courtenay. Criminal charges are being recommended against this driver. She was released from police custody with an upcoming court date.
In the midst of all of these impaired drivers being removed from our roads, frontline officers were also attending calls from the public, said Cst. Monika Terragni, Media Relations Officer, Comox Valley RCMP.
They were responding to calls for assisting Emergency Health Services, found property, an assault, well-being checks, someone screaming, people gathering and possibly using drugs, a noise complaint, a group of what appeared to be teenagers spray painting a building, vehicles doing doughnuts in a parking lot, and a disturbance.
According to ICBC, on average, 11 people are killed and 310 injured in 550 impaired driving related crashes on Vancouver Island every year. These crashes are preventable – no matter where you are this summer, if you plan to drink, don’t drive.
For more information, please visit the ICBC website to read about the price of alcohol and drug impaired driving.
Cst. Monika TerragniMedia Relations Officer
Comox Valley RCMP
800 Ryan Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 7T1
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