Burnaby RCMP take trio of drunk drivers off road after three crashes in one night
Burnaby RCMP's traffic section had a busy night recently when they responded to three crashes where at least one driver involved had been drinking.
In each of the three cases on April 30, drivers were issued immediate roadside prohibitions (IRP) when they blew a warning after providing a breath sample to police.
Roadside screening devices are set to indicate a warning when blood alcohol levels exceed 50 mg per 100 ml of blood, a level where studies have shown everyone's ability to drive is negatively affected. At 80 mg per 100 ml of blood a driver may face criminal charges.
Last month 10 Burnaby RCMP constables and corporals were inducted into "Alexa’s Team," named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer who was killed in 2008 by a vehicle driven by an impaired driver for their efforts.
To be nominated for the team, police officers must have taken at least 12 "criminally"-impaired drivers off the road through a criminal investigation or the new IRP process.