Media Release: December 23rd, 2013

The Nelson Police Department is continuing its holiday checkstop program. On Wednesday evening approximately 400 motorists were stopped and spoken to by Nelson Police Department members. On that evening 6 Provincial tickets were handed out and 10 warnings given.

Over the weekend several drivers lost their licenses to either 3 or 90 day suspensions for drinking and driving.

On Sunday Dec 22 at 1:35AM a young couple was seen getting into a vehicle parked in the 700 block Vernon St. When they noted the marked police truck nearby, they got out and walked away. As soon as the Nelson Police Member drove off they jumped back in and drove off breaking several traffic laws in the process. After nearly striking another police vehicle in the area the driver was stopped and detained. He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration for others, his license suspended for 3 days and his vehicle impounded. Fortunately no one was hurt on this occasion. NPD file 2013-5954 refers.

At 3:15 the same morning Nelson Police Members noted a truck driving erratically on Front Street. The vehicle was stopped and the 41 year old driver provided two samples of his breath to a roadside screening device. Both samples registered “FAIL”. His license was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for 30. NPD file 2013-5960 refers.

Remember it doesn’t take much alcohol to impair your driving — just because you’ve only had a couple of drinks doesn’t mean you’re okay to drive.

Make a smart choice. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.