Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP
On Wednesday October 15th, a vehicle travelling on Highway 16 was stopped after it was noted to be travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The male driver of the vehicle was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Barriere and was arrested and transported to Kamloops for court the following morning. The driver was also served a Violation Ticket for speeding and a five month driving prohibition which was noted on his drivers licence.
On Thursday October 16th, an unlucky driver was caught driving 161km/h in the posted 100km/h zone south of Valemount on Highway 5. The driver of the rental vehicle was issued a Violation Ticket for excessive speeding which carries a fine of $368.00 and had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.
Later that morning a tractor trailer unit was stopped after it was observed travelling 124km/h in the posted 100km/h zone. While speaking with the driver a strong odour of marihuana was detected from inside of the cab of the tractor. A search yielded a small amount of marihuana and the driver was found to be not under the influence of any intoxicating substances. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for speeding and charges are not being recommended for the small amount of marihuana seized.
On the same day a truck pulling a horse trailer full of household effects was observed passing vehicles at a high rate of speed south of Valemount. The truck was stopped after the radar unit registered a speed of 146km/h in the posted 100km/h zone. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for excessive speeding and also had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.
A vehicle was stopped near the weigh scales on Highway 16 after it was observed travelling 39km’s over the posted speed zone of 60km/h. While speaking with the driver, a strong odour of marihuana was detected from inside of the cab. A search yielded a small amount of marihuana but the driver subsequently failed a roadside sobriety test and was issued a 24 hour driving suspension for driving while under the influence of drugs. The truck was impounded for 24 hours and the driver also received a Violation Ticket for speeding.
Later that evening, the Valemount RCMP conducted a check stop on Highway 16 with the assistance of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement unit from the Tete Jaune Cache weigh scales. As a result of the road check, a commercial vehicle was stopped after the trailer being towed didn’t have any working lights on it. The driver who had a moderate odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath was investigated for driving while impaired and subsequently failed two road side screening tests. The driver was issued an Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition resulting in the loss of his driver’s licence for 90 days and the vehicle being impounded for 30 days.
On Saturday October 18th, the Valemount RCMP partnered up with CVSE for another road check at the weigh scales at Tete Jaune Cache. Checks of a male driver travelling west bound revealed that not only did he not have a drivers licence but he was prohibited under the motor vehicle act from operating a motor vehicle in British Columbia. The male was arrested and released with a court date for January 2015 and was also issued a violation ticket and had his vehicle impounded for 7 days.