RCMP Report: Road check on Highway 5

Across Canada there were more than 800 check-stops where approximately 80,000 vehicles were screened

Clearwater RCMP and Central Interior Traffic Services conducted a road check on Highway 5 at Park Drive in Clearwater on Saturday, Dec. 7. Members were taking part in National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

Across Canada there were more than 800 check-stops where approximately 80,000 vehicles were screened for drivers exhibiting signs of impairment. The enforcement day resulted in 127 charges for impaired driving by alcohol and four charges for impaired driving by drugs, as well as 338 roadside licence suspensions or prohibitions for alcohol and/or drugs.

Locally in Clearwater approximately 100 vehicles were checked. One driver was issued a violation ticket for having no drivers licence, a 24-hour prohibition for alcohol was issued/vehicle impounded and two other drivers were served suspension and prohibition notices.

Motor vehicle incidents

During the past week, Clearwater RCMP have attended nine motor vehicle collisions with a few resulting in personal injuries.

RCMP advise drivers to slow down and use more caution when traveling on the roadways this winter.

Allow for more travel time to get to your destination. Use caution when passing other motorists that may be pulled over along the sides of the roadways.

Holiday reminder

During this Holiday Season, the Clearwater RCMP and Central Interior Traffic Services urge drivers to ensure they have a safe ride home from planned holiday festivities and to take your turn as a designated driver for your family and friends.

During December, an average of five people are killed in B.C. in crashes involving impaired driving.