RCMP Northern Traffic Services had a busy weekend nabbing multiple drivers for operating a motor vehicle impaired or stunting in Cumberland and Colchester Counties.
On August 29, within 24 hours, three individuals were charged in three separate incidents of impaired driving.
Shortly after midnight, officers were conducting a checkpoint in Wentworth when a driver showed signs of drug impairment. A 30-year-old Hants County man was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Drug and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle for speeding near Oxford. The driver, a 32-year-old Cumberland County man, showed signs of impairment and blew over twice the legal limit. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., officers were conducting a checkpoint in the Tidnish area when a 46-year-old Cumberland County man was stopped for signs of alcohol impairment. After blowing three times the legal limit, he was arrested and charged for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol.
All three drivers have been released from custody and are facing court dates in October and November.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 29, a vehicle was stopped for travelling at a speed of 129 km/h in a 70 km/h zone in Brookfield. The 18-year-old male driver was issued a ticket for stunting, his vehicle was impounded and his licence was suspended for 7 days. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on August 30, RCMP members went on to intercept two vehicles racing on Highway 104 in the Amherst area of Cumberland County. Both vehicles were travelling at a speed of 205 km/h in a posted 110 km/h zone. Both drivers, a 21-year-old male from PEI and a 20-year-old male from New Brunswick were issued tickets for stunting, had their vehicles impounded and licences suspended for 7 days.
If convicted, all three drivers face a fine of $2422.50.
Stunting can be defined as travelling more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. The RCMP takes these matters seriously and will continue to target this form of aggressive driving to help keep Nova Scotia’s roadways safe and prevent serious injuries and fatal collisions. The RCMP also reminds the public that if you observe impaired driving, any type of aggressive driving, please call 911 and report it.