Long weekend road safety checks lead to driver being charged in Iqaluit
RCMP, municipal enforcement checked approximately 300 vehicles
One person was charged with aggressive driving and several others were cited for various infractions during road safety checks over the Thanksgiving long weekend in Iqaluit.
Over the holiday, most drivers likely saw the blue and red lights of municipal enforcement and RCMP vehicles pulling drivers over for random sobriety and road safety checks in various parts of the city.
Officers checked approximately 300 vehicles over the course of the long weekend, according to a news release issued by the city on Thursday.
They found that in most vehicles, drivers and passengers were not buckled into their seatbelts — an offence that carries a $125 fine.
More than 20 vehicles lacked proper documentation or had expired registrations. Five vehicles were written up for having illegal sun-coating and tints, and five drivers weren’t carrying their licences with them.
Officers also conducted 25 roadside alcohol screenings.
One driver was issued a roadside suspension for drug impairment, and another was charged with aggressive driving.
In the release, the city thanked drivers who were in compliance, adding “if you suspect an impaired driver on the road to contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”
Police and municipal enforcement in Iqaluit often ramp up their patrols during holiday long weekends.