The PEI RCMP has arrested two individuals for impaired driving and issued more than 20 tickets following a traffic enforcement operation in Prince County, PEI.
On November 20, 2021, police conducted an operation which targeted impaired driving and offences under the Highway Traffic Act. The operation was led by the PEI RCMP's Provincial Priority Unit and members of the Prince District RCMP, with assistance from PEI Conservation officers.
During a traffic checkpoint in Portage, a 20-year-old man from Springhill showed signs of impairment and failed a roadside screening test. The man was arrested and brought to the Prince District RCMP detachment for further testing, which confirmed his alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.
Later that day in St. Felix, a 70-year-old-man from Greenmount showed signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene. He was brought to the Prince District RCMP detachment for further testing, which confirmed his alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.
Both individuals were later released and were issued a 90-day driver's licence suspension along with having their vehicles impounded at their expense. They will also appear in Summerside Provincial Court at a later date.
In total, police conducted six traffic checkpoints and issued more than 20 traffic violations under the Highway Traffic Act, as well as nine written warnings for various infractions including speeding and having an expired vehicle registration.
The public plays an essential role in keeping PEI roadways safe. If you suspect or are aware of an impaired driver, please call 9-1-1 immediately in a safe manner. Providing as much information as possible regarding the vehicle, driver, location, and direction of travel can help police get impaired drivers off the road.