Brief: Revelstoke RCMP report high number of impaired drivers during March

RCMP report a total of 17 infractions, including five 90-day roadside prohibitions.

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Revelstoke RCMP identified high numbers of drunk drivers during the month of March. This is despite not using a recent legislation change which allows RCMP to demand breath samples from drivers without evidence they were driving.

“The Revelstoke RCMP continued to be busy addressing safety concerns that exist when drivers are operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol,” Revelstoke RCMP St/Sgt Kurt Grabinsky said in a statement.

In March the Revelstoke RCMP issued:
– Five 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRPs) to drivers.
– Nine three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRPs).
– Three twenty-four hour driving suspensions.

A three-day IRP results in three-day vehicle impound, $200 monetary penalty and three-day driving prohibition. A 90 day IRP yields a 90 day driving prohibition, 30 day vehicle impoundment, $500 monetary penalty and mandatory referral to remedial programs.

Revelstoke RCMP say they will continue efforts to address impaired driving, including more driving check stops, and investigations into both alcohol and drug impairment.