Road check action brisk
Castlegar RCMP reported on July 27 that they were kept busy during the brief periods of sunshine that shone over the past weekend.Police had set up road checks on several occasions on Broadwater Road that yielded several liquor related offenses, a drug possession offense and Motor Vehicle Act infractions.
Three 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions were issued, one of which happened to be an all terrain vehicle going through the police roadblock. The female operator appeared to debate whether she would stop for police or attempt to flee and ended up making a good decision to carry on through the road block.
She consequently received a three-day immediate Roadside Prohibition after her breath samples provided into an Approved Screening device resulted in "Warn" readings.Many boating enthusiasts coming off the lake and heading home were happy to see police visibility and commented that many young people coming from the Syringa Park had made a decision to walk and/or call for rides rather than risk operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol.Over the course of the weekend police estimate they checked approximately 200 vehicles.
Other areas of the city that saw increased police patrols were Sandy Beach and Millenium Park beach areas. Police disposed of a small quantity of liquor at both locations after finding several individuals consuming liquor in a public place.Police would like to remind the community that they'll continue with increased patrols in the parks, beaches and boat launches.
Random road checks will be implemented throughout the summer.Consuming liquor in a public place and possessing open liquor in a motor vehicle holds a $230 fine, contrary to the Liquor Licensing Act.
Police want everyone to have a safe and memorable summer.
Cpl. Deb Postnikoff
RCMP Castlegar Detachment