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

Increased roadblocks coming to Vancouver Island over July long weekend: RCMP
BC Highway Patrol plans to increase enforcement over the summer long weekends. Photo supplied by RCMP.

As summer weather approaches and higher traffic volumes hit Vancouver Island highways, the BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) plans to increase enforcement near recreational areas and festivals over the July and August long weekends.

RCMP said it expects an increasing number of motorists on the highways as campers, tourists, and festival attendees travel across the Island.

BC Highway Patrol will be increasing impaired driving enforcement throughout the summer, with a focus on festivals and large events where liquor will be served, especially in the Lake Cowichan area.

“On the May long weekend, Vancouver Island BC Highway Patrol officers demonstrated zero tolerance for impaired driving, which led to the elimination of impaired driving fatal collisions in BC Highway Patrol jurisdictions,” said Corporal Melissa Jongema, BCHP media relations officer.

“Similarly, BC Highway Patrol officers will be targeting impaired drivers from recreational areas, fairs, and music festivals to eliminate traffic fatalities on the Island this summer.”

Jongema added there are a number of free or low-cost safe ride options for those who plan to drink or consume drugs.

“Including shuttles, taxis, rideshares, transit, and rides with designated drivers,” she said.

Under the Criminal Code, police officers can compel anyone operating a motor vehicle to provide a sample of their breath into an Approved Screening Device.

Impaired driving penalties include 24-hour driving prohibitions, three-day, 30-day, and 90-day immediate driving prohibitions with vehicle impounds and possibly criminal charges.

The BC Association of Chiefs of Police impaired driving campaign runs from June 15 to Aug. 31.

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