Kimberley RCMP removed four impaired drivers from the road last Friday, September 19. Normally, that many drivers under the influence may come from a checkstop, but that particular evening, the charges all resulted from different traffic stops.
In each of these incidents drivers brought attention to themselves by committing traffic violations, says Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel.
“Officers routinely conduct traffic stops for what may appear to be minor infractions, but often it can lead to far more.”
The busy evening began at 9:30 p.m. in Marysville.
“An officer witnessed a driver exit a business and cut off another vehicle,” Newel said. “He stopped the vehicle. The officer noted signs of impairment and obtained a breath sample. It was a “Fail” which means the driver is now prohibited from driving for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 30 days.”
Just after midnight, the same night, police received the report of the damage to a vehicle in the Platzl parking lot area. There had been a witness to the damage and police were provided a description, Newel says and patrols were made, but police did not locate the suspects. However, later an officer was making patrols near the ski hill when he noted a vehicle being driven in an unusual manner.
“He conducted a traffic stop and noted signs of impairment, a breath demand was made and the driver blew a “Fail”,” said Newel.