Drunk driving a diminishing issue for Kitimat

Police say a road check was encouraging in showing that people are using their heads in choosing not to drink and drive.

A road check conducted by Kitimat RCMP recently only caught a small amount of impaired drivers out of 250 vehicles stopped.

That statistic is encouraging to the detachment who says drinking and driving is on the decline in the community.

“It’s very encouraging seeing the public perception changing. Impaired driving in Kitimat is no longer accepted as normal. This is a big change from 20 years ago when a road check like the one conducted could have caught a dozen drunk drivers,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau through a detachment news release. The release continues, “The Kitimat RCMP members have noticed that the residents of Kitimat have taken road safety in our town very seriously with an encouraging amount of persons driving with designated drivers, taking taxis or supplied shuttles from recent large gatherings.”

Meanwhile between December 6 and December 12 the RCMP say they investigated 65 files or complaints.

That includes four drivers found to have suspended licences, an assault at an area bar involving three person who are known to each other, and an assault between two people not believed to be known to each other.

There were also seven traffic complaints, three motor vehicle collisions and three investigations of impaired driving where suspensions were issued.

There were 14 complaints involving alcohol, drugs or impaired persons in that time as well.

Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call the Kitimat RCMP detachmebt at 250-632-7111.

Callers can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-222-8477, or going online to www.crimestoppers.ca.