Westside Road check busy

Early morning road check reveals stolen property, three impaired drivers, several prohibited drivers, drugs and other violations

One of the most notorious roads in the province raised more eyebrows Sunday.

Members of the RCMP’s North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop on Westside Road near the Vernon end Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

During this early morning road check of a road consistently ranked as one of the worst in B.C., officers recovered stolen property, dealt with three impaired drivers, several prohibited drivers, drugs and other violations.

“The public is reminded that even at early times of the day, the police are actively searching for those individuals who might be driving impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“We are concerned, yes, that three people were caught impaired on this road before 1 p.m.”

Over the past week in the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment area, three 24-hour driving prohibitions were issued: two for drugs, one for alcohol. One three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) was issued, and seven cases of possible impaired driving were investigated, six of which resulted in 90-day IRPs and one motorist was arrested for impaired driving.

Eight vehicles were impounded over the past week.