With the snow clearing and temperatures rising in the North Thompson, Clearwater RCMP and Central Interior Traffic Services have been responding to an increase in traffic complaints and traffic violation issues.
On Monday, Mar. 26, Clearwater RCMP were informed of a traffic incident that had occurred north of Little Fort. A female driver stated that she had to move completely to the shoulder while northbound on Highway 5 to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer unit that was merging into her lane.
Clearwater members relayed the information to a Central Interior Traffic Service member, who then stopped the vehicle and served the driver of the tractor-trailer unit with a violation ticket.
Drug stop on Highway 5
On Mar. 28, Clearwater RCMP were notified of a male who smelled of marijuana leaving the A&W in Barriere. The male left in a vehicle towards Clearwater on Highway 5.
Clearwater RCMP stopped the vehicle and after investigating, police seized marijuana, an open case of beer, as well as the vehicle license plates.
Police also served the driver a three-day immediate roadside prohibition, a notice of driving prohibition as well as violation tickets.
The driver did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance. The vehicle was then impounded.
Avola vehicle impound
On Mar. 28, Central Interior Traffic Services stopped a vehicle in Avola that was traveling 133 km/hr in the 70 km/hr zone – 63 km/hr over the posted speed limit.
The vehicle was impounded for seven business days and the driver and passenger had to find another means to reach their destination. The driver and passenger were headed from Grand Prairie, Alberta towards Vancouver Island