Impaired drivers continue to flaut law

Oak Bay Police issue three roadside suspensions in two days

Oak Bay Police Const. Mike Klein-Beekman with a roadside screening device. Three roadside driving suspensions in two days suggests some drivers still aren’t getting the message

Some drivers aren’t getting the message surrounding one of Oak Bay Police Department’s “top of the list” offences – impaired driving.

“People aren’t getting the no drinking and driving thing,” said Const. Rick Anthony, community liaison officer. “You see spikes usually around Christmas and New Years. These were all within a two-day period.”

On Sept. 4 around 9:30 p.m. police stopped a car on Beach Drive near Goodwin Street and detected the odour of liquor on the breath of the 59-year-old female driver. A roadside screening test resulted in a 24-hour driving suspension for the driver.

Later that night, around 11 p.m., Oak Bay Police stopped a vehicle on Henderson Road near Arden and again smelled liquor on the breath of the 61-year-old man driving. After a roadside screening, he was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and had the vehicle he was driving impounded for three days.

Early the next morning, on Sept. 5 around 2:50 a.m., police stopped a driver having difficulty parallel parking on Foul Bay Road.

A 20-year-old woman was issued a 90-day driving suspension after a roadside screening test. The vehicle she was driving was impounded for 30 days.

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