Mounties pull over 6 impaired drivers in 6 hours near Courtenay

Mounties pull over 6 impaired drivers in 6 hours near Courtenay
BC Highway Patrol

The Campbell River RCMP say six impaired drivers were stopped in just as many hours during a roadcheck in the Courtenay area last week.

On Nov. 4, between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., police say they issued six immediate roadside driving bans for people who were suspected of being impaired by alcohol, and all six of the drivers had their vehicles impounded.

Another 12-hour driving ban was also given to a novice driver, according to RCMP.

Mounties didn’t specify how long the roadside bans were for each driver, but noted that the immediate roadside prohibitions can range from three days to 90 days, depending on the blood alcohol concentration of the driver.


“We continue to target those who choose to put themselves and others at risk by driving while impaired,” said Staff-Sgt. Adam Tallboy, acting officer in charge of BC Highway Patrol Vancouver Island, in a release Wednesday.

“Although it is unfortunate that these drivers made the wrong decision, it speaks to the determination of BC Highway Patrol officers to making our highways safer,” he said.

With the fall time change in effect and days getting considerably shorter, ICBC is also reminding drivers to be extra cautious amid low light and poor weather.

RELATED: Wet roads require more stopping time, DriveBC reminds drivers

ICBC says nearly half of all crashes involving a pedestrian per year occur between October and January.

On Vancouver Island alone, an average of 239 pedestrians are injured in 335 crashes every year, according to ICBC.

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