Cops catch more drunk drivers in Fort St. John

Another 53 impaired drivers have been taken off the roads in and around Fort St. John.

During a four day blitz from November 11th-14th, RCMP from Fort St. John and surrounding areas cracked down on drinking and driving.

In September, officers apprehended around 80 impaired drivers in Fort St. John, and in October, Mounties report catching several dozens more.

Of the 53 drivers apprehended this month, 17 were charged under the Criminal Code, 31 were issued 24-hour driving suspensions, and five were issued administrative driving prohibitions under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In addition, 247 violations were issued under the M.V.A., which includes 95 seat belt violations, and 77 speeding violations. As well, eight charges were laid under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, one stolen vehicle was recovered, and one criminal code warrant was executed.

Police are reminding residents that although there is a legal limit of alcohol tolerated by legislation, officers are recommending drivers be alcohol-free when driving. They say this would go a long way toward reducing death and injury associated to alcohol related collisions.

The Fort St. John RCMP detachment will have officers out in full force during the holiday season, with initiatives beginning in December and running until the new year.