Saanich police’s Traffic Safety Unit handed out one ticket under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act and 50 other tickets for Motor Vehicle Act violations during an enforcement campaign at the Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue intersection on Thursday.
Police said the ticket under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act was issued on Oct. 18 after an officer saw a passenger smoking a cannabis cigarette in a vehicle. The passenger received a violation of $230. Section 65 of the act prohibits occupants of a vehicle from using cannabis. Police also spoke with the driver of the vehicle and were satisfied his ability to drive was not affected by his passenger’s use of cannabis.
“The Saanich Police Department continues to use standard field sobriety testing when drug impaired driving is suspected. “This is nothing new to the Saanich Police Department and around half the officers in Saanich are trained to do this testing.” Sgt. Jereme Leslie, spokesman for Saanich police, said in a release.
Within two hours, police also issued more than 50 tickets for violations under the Motor Vehicle Act. According to police, the violations included running red lights, speeding, seatbelt offences and people using cellphones while driving.
Saanich police said the Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue intersection is one of the busiest in the Capital Regional District and is one of the highest crash zones on Vancouver Island.