RCMP issued a driving suspension and multiple charges to snowmobilers over the weekend as a result of nine vehicle checkpoints throughout Cumberland County.
From February 11 to 14, members of the Nova Scotia RCMP Northern Traffic Services unit and Cumberland District RCMP checked thirty-two snowmobiles and multiple vehicles at intersections of trails and highways for sobriety and infractions under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Off Highway Vehicles Act.
Police administered roadside sobriety screening tests to operators of snowmobiles, resulting in a seven-day driving suspension of a 32-year-old man from Amherst. A 44-year-old male snowmobiler from Great Village was arrested for flight from police and was charged with several offences under the Off Highway Vehicle Act. Additionally, a 15-year-old male from Wallace Bridge was charged with operating an off-highway vehicle on a designated trail without third-party liability insurance. A 39-year-old Amherst man was charged for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
Impaired driving is one of the major causes of serious injury and death on our roads and trail systems. Police will continue to proactively detect and apprehend suspected impaired drivers. Impaired driving charges apply to every motorized vehicle, regardless of where it is being operated. This means that if you are convicted of driving a snowmobile while impaired, you could lose the right to operate all vehicles, including automobiles.