26 impaired drivers caught over Canada Day long weekend in Lake Cowichan

26 impaired drivers caught over Canada Day long weekend in Lake Cowichan
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The BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) says they found 26 impaired on the road in the Lake Cowichan area over the Canada Day long weekend.

Both the holiday and the Laketown Shakedown music festival led to increased patrols from the BCHP, where they conducted 265 roadside breath screening tests on drivers to determine if they were impaired.

Twenty-six drivers received immediate roadside prohibitions. Twenty-two of the drivers were impaired by alcohol and two were impaired by drugs, police say. Drivers were issued driving prohibitions ranging from three days to 90 days, and had their vehicles impounded.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Adam Tallboy found it concerning that nearly one out of every 10 drivers they tested were impaired over the long weekend.

“Drivers who have consumed drugs or alcohol have a number of options to get home safely instead of getting behind the wheel of their vehicle and endangering all other road users,” said Tallboy on Wednesday.

BCHP says increased enforcement can be expected throughout the summer.

SEE ALSO: Increased roadblocks coming to Vancouver Island over July long weekend: RCMP

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