An impaired driver was taken off Highway 99 by BC Highway Patrol. On April 21, BC Highway Patrol was actively patrolling Highway 99 when an officer saw a vehicle that was driving northbound.
The officer noticed that the vehicle was swerving in and out of their lane. The officer conducted a roadside stop and the driver was issued a breath test twice. The test produced a Fail. The vehicle was towed and secured for 30 days and the driver was given a 90-day driving prohibition. The driver and her passenger were picked up by a friend.
Meanwhile, BC Highway Patrol is reminding people that spring and summer will bring out more vehicles on the roadways, including motorcycles. The agency cautions that drivers should be vigilant when it comes to motorcyclists.
Drivers sharing the road with motorcycles can help prevent a crash by following these easy tips:
Scan intersections carefully and take an extra moment to look for motorcycles when you’re turning left;
Stay alert and avoid distractions that take your mind off driving or your eyes off the road;
Allow at least three or four seconds of following distance when behind a motorcycle and plenty of lane space when you pass; and
Be ready to yield as a motorcycle is often closer than it seems. Remember it can be hard to tell how fast they’re travelling.
According to provincial data, motorcycles make up about 3.5% of insured vehicles on BC’s roads, yet they make up over 10% of total roadway fatalities. On average, 39 riders are killed in 2300 crashes involving motorcycles on BC roads every year.