Three impaired rivers removed from the road near Kimberley

Traffic stops near Wasa/Ta Ta Creek result in impoundment and charges

  • Jun. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Cpl. Chris Newel

Over the weekend Kimberley RCMP and Southeast District Traffic Services removed three drivers from our highway.

On Friday May 29, just after 7:00 pm, a Traffic Services officer observed a vehicle near Wasa travelling well above the posted speed limit. The officer executed a traffic stop and while dealing with the driver noted signs of impairment by a drug. Tests were performed and the officer formed the grounds to prohibit the driver for 24 hours. In addition to the suspension the vehicle was impounded and the driver given a violation ticket for Speeding and Drive without Reasonable Consideration. A small amount of marihuana was also seized.

Around 10:00 pm the same night Kimberley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver on highway 93/95 north of Wasa. A Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement officer was working in the area, he saw the vehicle and was able to stop it and wait for police. There was insufficient evidence for impaired driving but police learned the subject was prohibited from driving. The vehicle was impounded and the driver will attend court in July on charges of Drive while Prohibited.

On Saturday May 30, Kimberley RCMP and Traffic Services conducted several road checks along highway 95A. Around 9:30 a vehicle approached the check being held near Ta Ta Creek. While dealing with the driver the officer noted several signs of alcohol consumption. A breath demand was read and initially the driver refused to provide a sample. Under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program the driver would receive a 90 day driving suspension along with a 30 day vehicle impound. The officer explained this to the driver and in the end he supplied a breath sample which was a Warn. The driver received a three day suspension and vehicle impoundment.