Police are applauding responsible drivers around Fort St. John on New Year’s Eve.

Fort St. John Traffic Services say officers performed check stops and roving patrols throughout the night and until 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Around 300 vehicles were stopped throughout that time.

Police say of all the vehicles checked, nine drivers were removed from their vehicles due to various alcohol-related offences.  One driver was even charged under the criminal code – having a blood alcohol content more than 0.08.  The other eight drivers faced charges under the Provincial Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation. They add that there was also one unlicensed driver and one prohibited driver who were stopped due to traffic violations and that no serious collisions were reported to police throughout the night.

Over 2010, local RCMP officials say that there were six vehicle collision fatalities, with two being within city limits.  They say one of the collisions involved the hit and run death of Yuxuan Luo which has not yet been solved.  Police are still investigating the 14 year-old’s death and are trying to identify the driver of the vehicle which hit him. Anyone with information in regards to his death who has not yet come forward is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police do say that throughout 2011 they will be increasing enforcement of drivers who are using their cell phones while operating their vehicles and of vehicle occupants who are not wearing seatbelts.  Drivers and/or vehicle occupants violating either of these laws can face $167 fines.