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Bad drivers won’t like what they are getting for Christmas

RCMP will continue to send a strong message this holiday season: booze and cars don’t mix. - Peter W. Rusland/file
RCMP will continue to send a strong message this holiday season: booze and cars don’t mix.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Police officers were out in force last Friday in an effort to remind drivers they will be out in force during the Christmas period.

The officer blitz was part of the RCMP’s annual “Light Up the Highway Campaign” where more than 7,000 drivers are stopped and checked up and down the Island at this time of the year.

Cowichan is no different.

“It’s high profile,” said Cpl. Darren Lagan from Island District RCMP. “Our primary focus is drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs but we’re also for the use of seat belts, licence and insurance plates as well basic safety features that vehicles need to comply with. If anything comes our way it will be dealt with immediately.”

So far the campaign has seen three prohibited drivers charged alongside six drug seizures amongst other things.

Lagan couldn’t give the specific number of officers out on the road in Cowichan, and Cpl. Jon Stuart was unable to provide a breakdown of the local numbers.

However, Cowichan area RCMP detachments were — and will continue to be — actively involved.

“Sometimes they’ll come down to the Trans-Canada Highway and assist other agencies as well. South Island Traffic will also be covering Lake Cowichan,” Lagan said.

Apparently there is a strong level of public support for the campaign and cutting down on those not fit to be on the road.

“We want to identify drivers who should not be driving. People are use to it now and we enjoy a good level of support for the campaign,” said Lagan. “If we can get that one driver in the queue who’s impaired then that makes everybody safer and have a happier holiday.”

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