NEWS RELEASE · 26th July 2011
This past weekend (Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23), the Kitimat RCMP investigated 6 Impaired Driving matters. All 6 met the standard for the new Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) under BC's new drinking and driving laws. This meant, instead of being arrested for Impaired Driving and brought back to the Detachment to provide samples of breath then being released for a court date at a later time, the drivers were instead given, while roadside, a 90 day driving prohibition and had their vehicles impounded for 30 days.
The penalty for this is a $500 fine and a $250 license reinstatement fee following the prohibition. As well, there is the cost of the tow and the impound fees to store your vehicle for 30 days. In addition, the driver has to register in the Responsible Driver Program (and pay the prescribed program fee), and register for the Ignition Interlock Program (and pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device and the prescribed program fee).
The Kitimat RCMP would like to remind people to drink responsibly and arrange or choose alternate ways to get around. A designated driver, a $10 or $15 cab ride, or a 30 minute walk home is much better then being stopped by the RCMP when you have had too much to drink.