Start of counter-attack season nabs limo/bus

Saturday night's road check found a 15 passenger limo/bus full of underage teens openly drinking alcohol.

  • Dec. 10, 2013 12:00 p.m.

The Trail and Greater District detachment has kickstarted local efforts in the counter-attack program to crack down on drunk driving.

The initiative started Saturday night, when 166 vehicles were checked and as a result one 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition suspension and two roadside suspensions were given out, according to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton.

“No charges were laid for impaired driving,” he said. “I don’t have other data at hand to indicate if this is high or low, but anecdotally I think it is on the low side.”

At approximately 10 p.m. that night a limo/bus with 15 passengers was stopped at a check point on Victoria Street in Trail, where it was discovered that the passengers, all under 19 years of age, were openly drinking alcohol.

“The liquor was seized and the driver, in his late 40s, was issued an appearance notice to attend court for allowing minors to consume liquor,” added Hawton.

“Everyone should be aware that a professional limo or bus service is not exempt under the Liquor Control and Licencing Act.”

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