Roughly 12,000 vehicles went through Delta Police CounterAttack roadblocks in December, three times the number stopped in 2016. (Delta Police Department photo)

Delta police nab eight impaired drivers in holiday CounterAttack roadblocks

Police stopped 12,000 vehicles in December, up from 4,000 the year before

Delta Police found relatively fewer impaired drivers this past December compared to the same time the year before.

According to a DPD press release, approximately 12,000 vehicles went through Delta Police CounterAttack roadblocks in December 2017 — including 9,000 in just over two hours at a large integrated roadblock with Surrey RCMP on Dec. 30 — up significantly from the 4,000 checked in 2016.

Despite the increase in vehicles checked, police found relatively few drivers to be impaired. Three drivers are now facing criminal charges for drug or alcohol impairment. Two drivers received 90-day roadside suspensions and had their vehicles impounded, while three others were given three-day suspensions.

While conducting a drug-impaired driving investigation at the Dec. 30 roadblock, DPD officers found the driver to be in possession of over $6,000 in suspected drug money, along with small quantities of drugs believed to be fentanyl, heroin and crystal methamphetamine. Charges against the driver are pending.

Police also were able to stop four prohibited drivers and handed out 57 violation tickets for infractions such as not wearing a seatbelt, plus 15 notices and orders for vehicles with deficiencies such as having muffler issues or not having functioning lights.

“Delta Police is pleased that the vast majority of drivers are getting the message, and planning a safe ride home before they consume drugs or alcohol,” said the DPD press release. “Even though the holiday celebrations are behind us, police remind the public that impaired driving checks happen year round.”



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Canada wins one, loses one on opening day of Canada Cup

National squad hits two home runs to beat Korea in afternoon, then falls to Colorado club team

Longtime councillor Steele quits Surrey First to run alongside Hayne

‘It has become clear that philosophically I can no longer be a part of Surrey First,’ she says

Doug McCallum running for Surrey mayor

Former mayor aims for big changes, including ‘pause’ in development, establishing local police force

Coleman decides against running for Surrey mayor

‘I’m a Langley guy,’ MLA says

Battle of the Bands at Surrey music venue draws from rockin’ corporate talent

Contest at Flamingo aims to give company employees ‘a chance to release their inner rock star’

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Glow Langley returns bigger and brighter this Christmas

Organizers will also introduce Harvest Glow — a celebration of autumn

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

Most Read

l -->