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Counter Attack police campaign nets drunk drivers on highway

Dec 06 2011

Traffic police across Vancouver Island "lit up" the Trans-Canada Highway Friday night, as they kicked off their Counter Attack campaign aimed at nabbing drunk drivers.

In total, 50 police officers from Victoria to the North Island set up roadblocks on the highway, stopping drivers to check whether they'd been drinking.

Three people were arrested for drinking and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08.

They were given 24-hour driving bans and could face criminal charges.

Five drivers who blew in the "warn" range (between .05 and .08) were given three-day driving bans.

Two young drivers were given 12-hour suspensions for having alcohol in their systems, contrary to their driving conditions.

Officers also seized drugs from eight drivers and caught one person driving while suspended.

Police gave out 55 violation tickets for people not wearing seat belts or driving without insurance or a driver's licence.

One person was given a 24-hour suspension for driving while impaired by drugs.

Last week, a B.C. Supreme Court struck down parts of the province's tougher drinking and driving laws, which means police will no longer give out 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions until better appeal mechanisms are put in place.

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