Queens, Kings district RCMP both issue news releases warning about the dangers of driving while impaired, even if medication is prescribed by doctor
MONTAGUE â€” For the second time in two days, a tip from a member of the public to the Kings District RCMP has resulted in the apprehension of an impaired driver.
Kings District RCMP received a 911 call at 12:10 p.m. Thursday from a motorist reporting a Ford pickup truck that was "all over the road" heading into the community of Montague.
The caller provided a licence plate number and description of the truck.
A short time later RCMP members stopped the vehicle on Main Street in Montague and arrested the driver for impaired driving. The driver was taken to the Kings District RCMP office in Montague where he provided two breath samples that were over twice the 80 mg/100 ml limit.
A 60-year-old Souris man will face charges of impaired driving and providing breath samples in excess of the legal limit and will appear in Georgetown Court at a later date.
"While the RCMP conduct frequent patrols and checkpoints to detect and apprehend impaired drivers, we cannot be everywhere at all times," said a release from RCMP, "and the assistance of the public in reporting possible impaired drivers is an important part of the work to ensure that those who drive while impaired putting themselves and others at risk are caught."
Meanwhile, Queens District RCMP reports its members have nabbed three impaired drivers in four days so far this month.
On Jan. 4, Stratford RCMP received a call of an erratic driver on the Hillsborough Bridge.
Officers located a vehicle reversing onto Route 21/Bunbury Road. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and taken to the RCMP detachment to provide breath tests. His readings were later recorded to be more than two times above the legal limit.
Impaired driving charges are pending against a 62-year-old man with a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 24.
On Jan. 6, Queens District RCMP received a 911 call about a vehicle that struck a mailbox and had become stuck in a snowbank near Hunter River.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested after signs of impairment were observed. Subsequently a drug recognition evaluation was performed.
A 44-year-old man is facing criminal charges for impaired driving by drugs. A quantity of prescription medication, marijuana and open liquor were located at the scene.
Then, on Jan. 8, a 911 call led Stratford RCMP to Stratford Road, where members arrested a 19-year-old man for having readings well over the legal limit.
The teen has a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 24.
"We're ready to respond," says Staff Sgt.Mark Crowther. "The system is working and RCMP members are always grateful to the input of law-abiding Islanders, happy to intercept suspicious drivers when calls are relayed. We want people to know we are always ready to respond to these kinds of calls."
Prince Edward Island RCMP also noted that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- whether illegal or prescribed -- can result in a criminal offence.
"Always consult your physician or pharmacist about driving while taking medication, and heed any warnings," states the release. " Never mix prescription medication and alcohol or illegal drugs and never drive while impaired. "