Kimberley RCMP impound several vehicles over weekend

Several impaired charges, excessive speed

Kimberley RCMP are reporting that several drivers and vehicles were removed from the road over the past weekend. Kimberley Detachment Commander Sgt. Chris Newel says that police served driving prohibitions and impounded vehicles for both excessive speed and drinking and driving.

“Thursday night just after 11 p.m. a vehicle was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to signal. The driver showed signs of alcohol consumption and after a breath test was served a three-day driving suspension.

“Early Friday evening (April 5) an officer noticed a vehicle driven by a subject known to be prohibited from driving. He stopped the vehicle and found not only the driver prohibited but the vehicle was not insured. The driver was issued a violation ticket for No Driver’s License and No Insurance. The driver will be attending court on June for the Drive While Prohibited charge and his vehicle was impounded.

“On Friday, April 5, police were conducting a road check on 4th Ave just before 11 p.m. A driver was checked and showed signs of alcohol consumption. The driver provided a breath sample and, based on the result, issued a 24-hour driving suspension.

“Early Saturday morning, April 6, an officer was following a vehicle that couldn’t maintain the lane and was weaving. He stopped the vehicle and while speaking to the driver noted signs of impairment. Two breath samples were obtained, both a Fail. He is now prohibited from driving for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

“On Saturday afternoon (April 6) an officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Hwy 93/95 near Wasa. Radar confirmed his observations and with a reading of 146 kph in a 100 zone. The driver was issued a violation ticket for Excessive Speed and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

“A short time later the same officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 95A near Wasa. He activated his radar and noted the subject was traveling at 127 kph in an 80 zone. The vehicle was stopped, the driver issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.”

Newel adds that police would like to remind drivers that there are several offences under the Motor Vehicle Act where the vehicle is impounded. Impoundments start at 24 hours but can easily be 3 to 7 days and up to 30.

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