** File photo from the checkpoint at the rally. In this photo, a motorist is checked for legal papers and plates. This is not the DUI subject
On Saturday January 26, members of Lunenburg District RCMP and RCMP Southeast Traffic Services conducted patrols of the trails in the Chester Basin area during the annual “Fish’n Chips” ATV rally. The patrols focussed on rider safety and impaired driving enforcement.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., police responded to an off-road vehicle collision on the trail in the Martins River area. A side by side off road vehicle left the trail and struck a tree. Both occupants of the vehicle were uninjured and the vehicle sustained minor damage. The investigation determined the collision was related to trail conditions at the time.
Later in the day, the RCMP conducted a checkpoint on the trail in Gold River where 66 off-road vehicle operators were tested for alcohol impairment during a two-hour period. One 42-year-old man was arrested after taking the roadside screening test. He was then transported to Chester Detachment where breath samples were obtained, both of which were nearly twice the legal limit. The man will face charges of impaired operation of a conveyance and operating a conveyance with a blood alcohol level over 80mgs% and is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on April 3.
Source : Media Release