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BC Highway Patrol’s Integrated Impaired Driving Unit (IIDU) along with Tofino and Ucluelet RCMP teamed up to conduct impaired driving road checks and traffic enforcement last weekend.

As a result, between June 17th and 20th, 13 vehicles were impounded.

Officers reported that traffic volume was heavier due to the June 15th lifting of Travel Restriction Road Checks, and that the number of impaired drivers taken off the road was surprisingly high.

RCMP reported that on Friday June 18th, a road check was established in Tofino, and within five minutes two impaired drivers and a prohibited driver were stopped.

In another instance, a vehicle attempted to pull into a private driveway to avoid the check stop. According to RCMP, this vehicle’s occupants, all from the Lower Mainland, were less than respectful toward the officers and the property owner onto whose property they had trespassed.

Here’s a breakdown of the weekend’s immediate roadside prohibitions:

  • Three – 90-Day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions;
  • One – Impaired by Drug;
  • Three – 24-hour Suspensions (alcohol);
  • One – 12-hour Suspension (alcohol);
  • Two – Vehicle Impounds/Serve Driving Prohibition;
  • 41 – Violation Tickets for various infractions;
  • Four – Box 2 Notice & Orders (Vehicle Defects);
  • Two – Drug Investigations; and
  • Three – Assist Files.

“Our primary enforcement targets are those driving behaviours that cause roadway fatalities and serious injuries: Aggressive Driving, Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving, Unrestrained Occupants and Intersection Infractions,” the RCMP said in a statement.

“ As we begin to return to a pre-COVID world, I want the public to know about the work that is being done in our communities around the province to keep our roads safe from aggressive and impaired drivers as we work to make our highways safer together.”

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