By Energeticcity.ca staff
Officers with the Fort St. John RCMP detachment say they will continue to crack down on impaired drivers.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Corporal Tom Woodall with the local RCMP detachment says “increased efforts to deter and apprehend impaired drivers will continue in the coming weeks and months.”
During two recent traffic stop blitzes, RCMP members removed a total of 51 drivers from the roads, 18 of which now face charges under the Criminal Code for impaired driving.
One driver got a 90 day driving prohibition, and 32 others received 24 hour driving suspensions.
In addition to that, 105 tickets were issued to drivers that did not comply with the seat belt regulations. Police also issued 145 speeding tickets.
However, officers report that they noticed a substantial decrease in people talking on their cell phones when driving.
The check-stops were enforced from April 16 to 19, and April 22 to 25.
Anyone who suspects a driver is impaired is asked to take down the license plate number and vehicle description and call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.