Officers Watch for Impaired Drivers On the Water and Highways
Conservation Officers and RCMP will be patrolling waterways and highways – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – With half of all impaired driving fatalities in B.C. happening in the summer (46%) RCMP and Conservation Officers will be checking the waterways and the highways to make sure everyone gets home safely.
“Operating a motorboat while impaired is a criminal offence, just like driving a vehicle” says Prince George RCMP Traffic Services head Sgt. Matt LaBelle.
Too often, enjoying a day on the lake or river, involves some alcohol, or drugs. Those people then get behind the wheel of their vehicle to head home after a day of sunshine and beverages or drugs. “We will be conducting sobriety checks around our lakes and rivers to ensure that boaters and drivers are being responsible” says Sgt. LaBelle.
“Traffic Services are dedicated to reducing death and injuries on the highways, and waterways are no different” says Cpl Madonna Saunderson of the North District Regional Provincial Traffic Services Section. ” If you are going to be out taking part in a fun day with your boat, then you have to be sober, just as you would behind the wheel of your car. If you’re not, then you face the same penalties as you would if you were driving down the highway in your pick up or car. Impaired driving while operating a boat carries the same penalties as impaired driving operating a vehicle.”
Cpl. Saunderson says enforcement will be dedicated to the waterways and ensuring people are safe when they are on the water, “And that they plan ahead and have a safe ride home, ’cause if you’re going to float down the river or be a passenger in a boat and a have a beverage or two while you’re out there, then plan ahead and have a safe ride home. Certainly if you are the driver, you have to remain sober.”