Update on Operation Impact

Police step up enforcement on holiday weekend and find impaired drivers are not getting the message

West Kootenay Traffic Services and the Integrated Road Safety Unit conducted “Operation Impact” enforcement on Kootenay roads this past weekend and have concerns with the number of drivers found under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

There were 88 violations issued for speed and aggressive driving, seven seat belt infractions, four distracted driving (cell phones or texting) and several assorted traffic tickets, according to a release from

Sgt. Derrick Donovan, NCO i/c West Kootenay Traffic Services.


Police also apprehended three impaired drivers and issuing a total of four three-day driving suspensions.

The release stated while there were no serious collisions on the weekend, police have concerns with the drivers found under the influence of alcohol or drugs.