BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) says four impaired drivers were taken off the road and received penalties during an enforcement blitz in the Shawnigan Lake area last month.
In a news release Saturday, Jan. 20, BCHP recalled the impaired driving enforcement initiative that happened on Dec. 22, 2023, when officers conducted bar checks and roadblocks.
Police say four impaired drivers were taken off the road and received penalties ranging from three to 90-day immediate driving prohibitions.
The drivers’ vehicles were also impounded for three to 30 days, according to BCHP.
Staff Sgt. Adam Tallboy, Acting Officer in Charge of Vancouver Island Highway Patrol, is reminding drivers to plan a safe ride home.
“The roadblock served as an important reminder to arrange a safe ride before an event,” said Tallboy in the release. “There are various options, including taxis, transit, and carpooling with a designated driver.”
BCHP says officers also served numerous Motor Vehicle Act violation tickets for a variety of infractions, and local residents personally thanked officers for keeping their community safe.
“Our officers prevented tragic impaired collisions from occurring and increased public safety by removing these impaired drivers from the road,” added Tallboy.
— BC Highway Patrol (@BCHwyPatrol) January 20, 2024