New drivers flout laws

Oak Bay Police traffic enforcement catch teen twice.

On March 2, Oak Bay Police traffic enforcement caught a teen twice.

A vehicle was seen speeding southbound in the 3300-block of Henderson Rd. at about 9:45 p.m. The car was stopped and the 17-year-old driver produced an “N” driver’s licence. There were two 17-year-old passengers in the vehicle and the officer observed an unopened can of beer between the feet of the rear passenger. A search was conducted and 18 cans of beer were seized.

The driver was issued a ticket for failing to display his “N” sign and the rear passenger was issued a ticket for possessing liquor. The officer gave the driver a verbal warning for speeding and for having too many passengers in his vehicle. The extra passenger left on foot.

That evening police also had a roadblock set up in the 800-block of Foul Bay Rd. Around 10:30 p.m. the same vehicle, driver and two male passengers was stopped at the roadblock. This time, the driver had an additional five occupants for a total of eight passengers. The driver and front passenger were the only two wearing seatbelts, police said.

The driver was issued another ticket for failing to display the “N” and for having too many passengers. The two tickets will be forwarded to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles who will determine if the driver will receive a suspension or a prohibition from driving.

Alcohol was found in the possession of another minor during the roadblock. Two mickeys of vodka and rum were seized. The passenger in the vehicle was issued a ticket for being a minor in possession.

Police stopped a third vehicle where another “N” driver was suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. The vehicle was searched and the officer seized three grams of what is thought to be dried marijuana bud. The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and his vehicle was towed.