A drunk driver was taken off the road and issued an immediate roadside prohibition by North Vancouver RCMP.
Besides failing the breathe test, the driver also admitted to officers that he had been drinking at a friend’s house in another city, in violation of the orders of Public Health Officer.
“It’s recklessness compounded by more recklessness,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries of North Vancouver RCMP.
“It’s bad enough that someone would drink and drive, which obviously risks the safety of other people on the road. It’s that much worse when the person does it in a way that increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.”
While the driver faces penalties under driving legislation, no tickets were issued for any COVID-19 related offenses.
North Vancouver RCMP continues to check drinking and driving, and is committed to do so, DeVries said.
“We’re very proactive with our initiatives aimed at improving road safety, which is one of our strategic priorities,” he said.
DrVries said officers will continue to sweep the streets in search of impaired drivers while following the COVID-19 safety measures.
“We wear masks and gloves, and maintain physical distance where possible. We’re used to it now. We’re not stopping. We’re not slowing down,” he said.