Police nab 10 impaired drivers over weekend.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP take 10 impaired drivers off local roads over weekend

Light up the Highway project begins on Dec. 6

Police officers in the Cowichan Valley took 10 impaired drivers off the road over the weekend.

Const. Pam Bolton of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said in a press release that police were out in full force on Friday evening.

“In the evening and into the early morning hours of Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, front-line officers, traffic enforcement officers and a member from the Integrated Road Safety Unit based out of Nanaimo were busy getting the 10 impaired drivers off the road,” she said.

“These consisted of five three-day immediate roadside prohibitions, three 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions, a 24-hour driving prohibition and a Criminal Code drug impaired investigation. Along with the impaired enforcement, the members served nine violation tickets for various driving offences under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and located two people who were prohibited from driving.”

Bolton said that more than half of impaired-related crashes occur on the weekend, and “thankfully” 10 or more lives were saved in the Cowichan Valley with the enforcement from police officers.

“This year’s annual Light up the Highway project is set to hit Vancouver Island on Dec. 6,” she said.

“This campaign will have officers out targeting drivers in effort to promote education and prevent impaired driving. There is no excuse to drink and drive. If you plan to drink, leave your car at home.”

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