Graduated driver on P.E.I. loses licence for small sign of alcohol

Published on March 8, 2016


Traffic stop in Morell Friday finds 17-year-old who blows .05, loses licence for 90 days.

A graduated driver in the Morell area last Friday has lost his licence for 90 days after showing a small sign of alcohol on his breath.

The RCMP said it conducted a check-stop near Morell Friday night and a young driver pulled up.

"As a result, a 17-year-old male graduated driver provided a roadside breath sample which exceeded 50 milligrams of blood alcohol content," said a report issued Monday by Kings district RCMP.

While that reading is below the 80 mg set for a criminal charge, the graduated licensing system has a zero alcohol tolerance for drivers in the first three years of their driving life.

"Under the terms of the Provincial Highway Traffic Act for the Graduated Driving Program, the man’s driver’s license has automatically been suspended for a 90-day period," said the RCMP.

In another alcohol-related traffic stop over the weekend, a member of the public called police about erratic driving in the Belfast area just after midnight Sunday.

The RCMP found the car and arrested a 53-year-old woman for impaired driving. She blew over twice the legal limit of blood alcohol, said the report.

"This investigation was initiated through the keen eye of the public observing suspicious driving and advising police who responded quickly and apprehended the driver shortly after the call was made," said the report from Cst. Tara McBride of Kings District RCMP

"As the warmer weather approaches, incidents of impaired drivers begin to increase," she said. "Islanders are always encouraged to help police to keep our roadways safe by reporting any vehicle they suspect may be driven by an impaired driver."