In the evening hours of September 21, 2017, St. Anthony RCMP were called to a disturbance at a local establishment.
As a result of the investigation, a 26-year-old man was charged with impaired care or control of a motor vehicle and his car was impounded for 30 days. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 12, 2017.
This case involves new legislation which came into effect for Newfoundland and Labrador on September 21, 2017. As a result of amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, the Vehicle Seizure and Impoundment Regulations, and the Highway Traffic Driver Regulations, police have the authority to seize and impound vehicles which are used in the offence.
The St. Anthony RCMP would like to remind the public of the dangers of impaired operation and urges motorists to call 911 should they suspect someone is driving while impaired. Providing a description of the vehicle and driver, a licence plate number and direction of travel can assist police in locating the vehicle and getting the impaired driver off the road.
Further information about the amended legislation can be found on the Newfoundland and Labrador government website at http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/servicenl/0828n02.aspx .