Excessive speed leads to fines, impound and drug seizure
Oceanside, Traffic Services
2020-01-22 10:25 PST
File # CVITS 2020-46
A Port Alberni driver was given violation tickets, had his car impounded and has drug charges pending after he was stopped by police near Nanoose Bay last Sunday.
On January 19, 2020, officers from Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services (CVITS) were conducting speed enforcement on Highway 19 near Nanoose Bay when a vehicle was stopped for traveling at 130 km/h in the posted 60 km/h zone.
The officer received information from a passing motorist that supported additional charges on top of the $483 fine for excessive speed and the vehicle was impounded for 7 days. While interacting with the driver, the officer observed drug paraphernalia and a small bag of white powder, believed to be illicit drugs, all of which was seized after the driver was arrested. The driver was released at the scene and drug charges are pending. In addition, the officer submitted a report to RoadSafetyBC requesting that the driver be considered for a driving prohibition in light of a significant driving history.
This incident occurred in an area known locally as Nanoose Flats and is a high collision zone monitored regularly by police. Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in BC, according to provincial statistics. BC RCMP Traffic Services reminds motorists to slow down and obey speed limits. By doing so, you give yourself more time to perceive and react to a situation and you reduce the risk of being injured or killed in a collision.
Cpl. Mike HalskovMedia Relations Officer
E Division Traffic Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
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