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Impaired driving continues
The long weekend turned up three more impaired drivers, starting with a 37-year-old male Whistler resident who was pulled over on Lorimer Road at 1:30 a.m. on July 1. The driver showed signs of intoxication and was given a roadside test, which he failed. At the detachment he provided two samples of .110 and .120 per cent blood alcohol content.
The driver was released with a 90-day driving prohibition and charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08.
The next two drivers were apprehended on Saturday afternoon. On July 3 at 5 p.m. the RCMP received a complaint of an erratic driver heading northbound on Highway 99. The driver turned onto Village Gate Boulevard where he was stopped by the police.
The driver, a 28-year-old male from New Jersey, subsequently provided samples of .150 at the detachment.
In the early hours of Saturday, July 3 the RCMP stopped a driver departing from the taxi loop onto Village Gate.
The driver was an international visitor who was transporting passengers and operating the vehicle without a valid drivers' licence. The 24-year-old male from Vermont refused to provide breath samples, which triggers an automatic impaired driving charge.
Crack down on Village Stroll cyclists, skateboarders
After receiving a number of complaints from the public the Whistler RCMP are going to be cracking down on cyclists and skateboarders on Village Stroll. They are asking people to obey a bylaw that makes it illegal to "ride, propel or coast" bikes and skateboard through the village.
The offence carries a $100 fine and in some cases the RCMP will impound the offender's bike or board for another $50 fee.
Sgt. Shawn LeMay says the number of people ignoring the signs posted throughout the village is "disappointingly high."
"It's a lot of people who know better," he said. "They're on their boards and bikes and they see us and then they get off. They only seem to respect the bylaw when there are police officers around."
RCMP concerned by slo-pitch drinking
The Whistler RCMP are cautioning Whistler slo-pitch teams to leave the beer at home. They will be conducting patrols at games through the summer. The RCMP have already stopped several impaired drivers and have issued numerous 24-hour suspensions to players leaving the fields at Spruce Grove. RCMP are now presenting players with $100 tickets for open liquor in the dugouts and bleacher areas.