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Impaired cases frustrate police

Sep 05 2012

A stern message from Victoria police last week didn't have the desired effect - 11 people suspected of impaired driving were taken off city roads over the Labour Day weekend.

That brings to 126 the number of suspected impaired drivers Victoria police have dealt with since the May long weekend.

"Clearly people just either don't care about anybody else or they're just failing to get this message," Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said.

"It's very frustrating for us."

Ten people were given immediate 90-day roadside prohibitions.

One driver - who police said had marijuana and a digital scale in his car - was believed to have been impaired by drugs.

Among the others were a French tourist who was driving at night without her headlights on, a man seen urinating beside his truck and a man who was heading the wrong way on Yates Street.

The last incident of the weekend was a man found passed out in his truck at Mayfair Shopping Centre at 4 a.m. Monday.

Police said he had previously hit a road sign.

The suspensions came despite a plea from police last week urging people not to drive if they had been drinking or using drugs.

Graeme LeBlanc, an acting sergeant with the region's Integrated Road Safety Unit, said IRSU had recorded dealings with 185 drivers suspected of impairment - a number over and above the Victoria police department's figures - since June.

Both LeBlanc and Victoria Deputy Chief Del Manak urged members of the public to call 911 if they see a driver they think is impaired.

Manak said his department would be reviewing strategies and considering further steps for controlling impaired driving.


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