The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Kitimat RCMP removed 40 impaired drivers off roads between June and October 2022

The police are asking the public to exercise caution and not drink and drive

Police officers in the Kitimat area are asking residents to exercise caution and avoid impaired driving.

Kitimat RCMP thanked community members who called in reports of impaired driving.

“Together with the proactive patrols and our check-stops, Kitimat RCMP officers were able to remove over 40 impaired drivers off the road between June 1 and October 1, 2022,” said the police in a statement.

In Kitimat, there was a total of 41 impaired drivers removed from the roadways. 24 of the 41 resulted in 90-day immediate

roadside driving prohibitions. Two of the 41 were due to motor vehicle collisions, one resulted in an investigation for impaired operation causing bodily harm.

Six of the impaired drivers were reported by community members and the remaining 35 were due to police proactively patrolling or conducting check stops.

“It is important for people to realize that alcohol affects people in different ways. Factors such as diet, fatigue, and prescriptions can change how alcohol affects an individual,” said the police.

It is possible to be considered impaired while having a Blood Alcohol content below 0.08 percent.

The RCMP is also advising people who plan on drinking to not drive.

“By finding an alternative way home such as transit, cabs, or a designated driver you can help ensure that you, and people sharing the road with you, get to their destination safely.”