“Over the last five weeks, the Barriere RCMP have responded to over 180 calls for service with a large number being traffic related offences,” reports local Detachment NCO Cpl. Darin Underhill. “There has been a rise recently on drivers having their license suspended for 24 hours, three days, or 90 days depending on the level of alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of driving.”
Since the beginning of 2014, he notes there have been eleven 24 hours suspensions from driving for drug consumption, and two full drug impaired investigations.
There have also been many aggressive driving complaints, with many violation tickets issued based on the complainants evidence, and in some cases the police officers observations.
“We are also seeing some high speeds in the area with six recent excessive speeding tickets issued along with a seven day vehicle impound on the vehicle,” noted Underhill, “We are asking the public to make sure they leave sufficient time to get where they are going, leave adequate space between vehicles while travelling on the highway, and keep an eye on the other drivers further down the road ahead of you. If you are paying attention and are prepared to react you have a much better chance at avoiding a collision.”