Thursday roadblocks in Victoria net three impaired drivers

July impaired total hits 21; multiple others ticketed for having no license, no valid insurance

Nearly two dozen people have been ticketed by Victoria police or had licenses suspended as a result of impaired driving this month.

Last night’s CounterAttack roadblocks netted three drivers for impaired driving, bringing the total up to 21 since July 1. Two whose breath samples were in the “warn” level were given immediate roadside prohibitions and suspended for three days, while one was a Novice driver, the conditions for whom include zero consumption of alcohol. That driver received a 12-hour suspension, a fine and a mandatory administrative review by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

All three vehicles were impounded and towed.

Officers issued 14 violation tickets in all, impounded one vehicle and handed out three written warnings Thursday night. A number of people were found driving without their license – one person was determined to have been driving 13 years without a valid license and also had their “unsafe” vehicle towed – while four had no valid insurance.

ICBC road safety and community co-ordinator Colleen Woodger, who was onsite with a crashed vehicle display, said in a release that the roadblocks are not all about enforcement.

“Our message to people last night was, ‘Don’t wreck your summer,’” she said. “If you plan to drink, plan a ride home. Take transit, take a cab, use a designated driver, use a dial-a-driver service, even call a tow truck. There’s no excuse for driving impaired.”

Drivers can expect to find future roadblocks this summer, although clearly, no advance warning will be given.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Lost wedding ring found on Valentine’s Day

Dan Milbrath’s ring is back where it belongs

Victoria installation for the blind causes problems for those with mobility issues

The truncated domes installed at Blanshard and Fort streets aren’t helpful for everyone

Fire destroys South Island Concrete building in Sooke

No injuries resulted from large structure fire

Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer

North Saanich woman is putting out collection jars if people would like to donate

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Homicide police investigate assault turned deadly in Surrey

60-year-old man died at hospital after assault

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Most Read