RCMP target impaired driving

Staff writer
January 8, 2013 01:00 AM

Sunshine Coast RCMP focused on road safety during the month of December, taking 18 impaired drivers off the roadways.

This was up from last year's totals of 17 impaired drivers. A total of 12 vehicles were also impounded from periods of 24 hours to 90 days.

Additionally, the Sunshine Coast was allotted extra funding through the Enhanced Road Safety Enforcement Initiative (ERSEI) program. This allowed more officers to be on the road, targeting impaired drivers.

ERSEI shifts resulted in one, three-day immediate roadside prohibition, one, 90-day immediate roadside prohibition, one, 30-day vehicle Impound and one, 24-hour roadside prohibition due to drug impairment. Additionally, officers issued eight violation tickets for an array of Motor Vehicle Act infractions, including two violation tickets for open liquor in a motor vehicle and one drug seizure.

"Upon speaking with drivers, police learned that organizers of holiday and New Years parties provided transportation for their staff and attendees, including the use of rented buses and passenger vans," said Const. Ashley Taylor. "Police also noted that people were designating sober drivers and using public transportation in order to take their own efforts to get home safely."

- Submitted by SC RCMP

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