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The RCMP warn drivers that conditions can change fast, to always be conscious of conditions while driving and to be aware that ice may be present.
Impaired drivers getting the message?
It's too soon to say what the impact of the Province's new impaired driving laws are having on drivers, but roadside checks in Whistler over the weekend with Sea to Sky Traffic Services and the Whistler detachment netted few impaired drivers - although a few did test in the warn range, resulting in three day driving prohibitions and impoundments.
On Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7:41 p.m. a check at Alta Lake Road and Highway 99 stopped a southbound vehicle, detected alcohol and asked the driver to take the approved roadside screening device. A 41-year-old male from Surrey tested in the "warn" range, resulting in a three-day suspension.
At 8 p.m., the RCMP stopped a novice driver and detected signs of alcohol consumption. The 24-year-old male from Port Coquitlam, had a small amount of alcohol in his system, less than a third of the legal limit of 0.08 per cent blood alcohol content, but under provincial law novice drivers are not allowed to have any alcohol in their systems. He was given a 24-hour driving prohibition and a ticket for driving contrary to restrictions.
At 8:40 p.m. a southbound vehicle was stopped where a driver blew a fail on the roadside device. A 36-year-old female from Chilliwack received a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day impoundment.
On Sunday, Jan. 9 at 1:04 a.m., the road check at Nicklaus North and Highway 99, stopped a vehicle, resulting in a three-day driving prohibition and impoundment for a 23-year-old male from Whistler.
At 1:58 a.m., at Hillcrest and Highway 99, another three-day driving prohibition was given to a 28-year-old male from Washington State.
Just after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, a road check at Nicklaus North stopped two vehicles, resulting in three-day suspensions for a 48-year-old female from Australia and a 44-year-old male from Burnaby.
Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP is cautiously optimistic that drivers are getting he message.
"We're seeing the number fall for impaired and more people in the warn range," he confirmed. "I should point out that our (roadside screening) devices were recalibrated to show a warn at (0.06 per cent blood alcohol content from 0.05 per cent), so the numbers are still pretty high. We will be happy when everybody is breathing below warn, that's our goal."