It was a quiet start to the new year for the Fort St. John RCMP.
The Fort St. John RCMP Peace Region Traffic Services are reporting very few impaired drivers on new years eve and during the early morning hours of January 1st, 2010.
One male driver has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and three other drivers were issued 24 hour suspensions in spite of large scale enforcement in the area.
The RCMP held a large number of random check stops within the city of Fort St. John and rural areas like Montney, Cecil Lake, Charlie Lake, Grand Haven and Taylor. The RCMP are pleased to report that designated drivers were the rule during new years in the North Peace.
According to the RCMP, in 2009 only four road fatalities occurred in the Fort St. John area, down from 15 in 2008. Impaired drivers have accounted for 50 per cent of those fatalities in both years and thus remains the primary focus for police.
Cpl. Tom Woodall with the Peace Region Traffic Services says efforts to curtail impaired driving will continue into 2010 with more check stops and would like to thank the motoring public for their support in this endeavour.