Novice driver in hot water after road check

Anybody with a Class 7 or “N” driver’s license should know that you’re not allowed to have any alcohol in your system.

Anybody with a Class 7 or “N” driver’s license should know that you’re not allowed to have any alcohol in your system.

A local woman learned that lesson the hard way Saturday morning.

The driver was stopped by police and checked for sobriety. When she provided a breath sample in the automatic screening device, it showed she had alcohol in her boyd.

“The driver was given a 24-hour driving suspension, and she was also given a ticket for driving contrary to restrictions (alcohol in body),” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“As this driver is a novice, the Motor Vehicle Branch will likely be giving out a driving suspension. No Alcohol in the body means no alcohol for Class 7 drivers. Anyone who wants to take a chance and gets caught on it will get suspended.”

That same morning, North Okanagan Traffic Services officers stopped a vehicle for excessive speed. The vehicle was doing 164 km/hour in the 90 zone on Highway 97 just north of Bailey Road.

The driver was issued a $483 dollar ticket and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

A road check on 27th Ave Friday night led not only to a 24-driving suspension for alcohol, but the driver had no license on top of it.

A second driver also was also charged for having no valid driver’s license.

Over the past week, officers issued three 24-hour suspensions including two for alcohol, three 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRPs) and charged two motorists with impaired driving.

Five drivers had their vehicles impounded.