Masset police conduct road checks

  • Jan. 4, 2013 1:00 p.m.

It is the time of year when families and friends get together and celebrate the holidays, but it is also the time of year where there is typically an increase in drinking and driving. Masset RCMP conducted road checks at various locations over the week of Dec. 17 to 24 and dealt with a number of infractions, says Sgt. Blake Ward. In total, RCMP checked over 170 vehicles. They handed out only one 24-hour suspension, for impairment by drugs. Charges for possession of a controlled substance have been forwarded. Other violations included failing to produce a driver’s licence, failing to display an “N” or an “L” for new or learning drivers, and failing to secure an infant’s seat. RCMP also located one suspended driver. It appears that residents are enjoying themselves, but are are also making sure they do not drink and drive. The Counterattack road checks will continue throughout the holiday season. Winter driving conditions were attributed to a couple of motor vehicle incidents this week. A single vehicle rollover on Highway 16 by Mayer Lake occurred just before noon on Dec. 20. An SUV with two occupants was heading south, when it lost control and left the roadway, rolling at least once. Both occupants walked away uninjured. On Dec. 22, just after lunch, a vehicle with two Skidegate residents hit some ice and lost control before ending up in the ditch. Aside from some minor cuts, both occupants were okay. Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive with respect for road conditions. The snow is also having an effect on other policing calls. In the early morning hours of Dec. 22, an Old Massett resident reported that she heard noises and felt an unwanted guest was in her garage. Members attended and soon determined the disturbance was caused by snow avalanching off the metal roof, making a considerable noise. Other investigations Masset RCMP engaged into over the last week included a report of a vehicle being keyed in Old Massett, and a few alcohol-related offences in Masset and Port Clements. Masset RCMP would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. If any illegal or suspicious activities are seen within our communities, please contact the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com