North Van RCMP more committed than ever to stopping impaired drivers

North Vancouver

2020-09-10 09:05 PDT

North Vancouver RCMP officers conducting traffic enforcement during the Labour Day weekend took a number of drivers off the road for getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink. It's a frustrating reality, say police, but one that frontline officers are committed to facing every day.

"By definition, drivers who are considered impaired under criminal or Provincial law represent a cavalier disregard for the safety of other people," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "The fact we continue to find them is an ongoing reminder that we can’t let up. We will continue to work hard to stop them from putting everyone else in danger."

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Thankfully no alcohol related collisions were reported this weekend, however, three vehicles were removed from North Van roads and impounded. In one case, a driver whose vehicle was impounded under Provincial impaired driving laws was arrested for Causing A Disturbance after he refused to leave the scene, then trying to prevent a tow truck driver from towing his car away. "He really didn’t want his vehicle impounded. Obviously he wasn’t going to get what he wanted, but he couldn’t see far enough in the future to realize that. Alcohol can do that," said DeVries. Investigation into that incident continues, and officers anticipate recommending charges to BC Prosecution Service in the near future.

"People only need one rule," said DeVries. "If you plan to drink, then please, plan not to drive." Planning an alternative way home such as transit, taxi, or a designated driver can help ensure everyone gets home safely.

What to do

If you witness a suspected impaired driver, call police as soon as it is safe to do so. Try to provide as much information about the vehicle (make, model, license plate), the driver (physical description), the vehicle’s direction of travel and what activity you observed (weaving, swerving off the road, etc.).

Penalties for impaired driving

Impaired drivers can be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with a criminal offence, or they can be served with an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act. If an officer has reasonable grounds to believe a driver is under the influence of alcohol they can use an Approved Screening Device (ASD) to determine a driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

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Driving after using drugs, even prescription drugs, can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Officers may conduct a standard field sobriety test or call upon a Drug Recognition Expert, who can determine that a driver is under the influence of a drug, which can result in a criminal charge for drug-impaired driving.

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587

Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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