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This is why police need you to report impaired drivers

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RCMP in Pictou County were hard at work this past weekend, and were involved with three particular incidents where the drivers had their vehicles towed. In all cases, the reason the vehicles were towed was related to impaired driving.

At 1:35 p.m. on Saturday June 2, RCMP stopped a vehicle in Moose River because of faulty equipment. The driver showed signs of alcohol impairment and the police officer did a roadside test. The driver blew a “warn” reading and as a result, the vehicle was towed and a seven-day suspension was issued. The driver had been released from Stellarton Police a few hours earlier that same day, and they will be charging him with impaired driving. The driver is a 28-year-old man from Stellarton.

Later in the day, RCMP officers were conducting a checkpoint on Sherbrooke Road in Blue Mountain and identified two more drivers who were committing alcohol related offences.  At 3:03 p.m., a driver came through a checkpoint, and police noticed that he was showing signs of alcohol impairment. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Barney’s River, was newly licenced, and when he took the Roadside Screening Device test, it confirmed evidence of alcohol in his blood. His licence was suspended for 24 hours and his vehicle was towed.

Less than an hour later, at 3:43 p.m. a 48-year-old man from Pictou came through the checkpoint. When police asked for his licence he told them it was suspended. Upon checking, police learned that the driver was prohibited from operating a motor vehicle in Canada for 99 years. The prohibition is in relation to previous alcohol-related drivng offences. He was arrested for driving while disqualified, and was issued traffic tickets for operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. His vehicle was also towed.

Nova Scotia RCMP want to remind the public that impaired driving is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road Safety is a priority for the RCMP, and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling RCMP at 800 803 RCMP (7267) or 911.