RCMP members were busy throughout the province over the Thanksgiving weekend, but report their Operation Impact as being a success.
From Friday to Monday, officers from regional detachments and traffic services units conducted checkpoints and patrolled the province’s roadways looking for Impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, open liquor and illegal drugs.
Unfortunately, the RCMP said in a news release, members also responded to a collision Saturday that resulted in one death.
The fatal single-vehicle crash occurred on Route 230 near Lethbridge around 1 p.m.
On Sunday, around 1 p.m. a moose-vehicle collision occurred on Route 360 in Bay d’Espoir . The occupants of the vehicle sustained minor injuries.
Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP members responded to a single vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway just
east of Grand Falls. An east-bound vehicle lost control in heavy rain and flipped into the ditch damaging the moose detection system in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Around the same time just east of Route 360 on the Trans-Canada Highway, an east-bound pickup lost control and collided with a west-bound vehicle sending both vehicles into the ditch. There was minor injuries to both drivers.
The following charges were also laid during the weekend:
• Impaired by alcohol - 5 charges;
* Impaired by drug - 0 charges;
* Seven-day suspensions - 8 charges;
* Using cell phones while driving - 18 charges;
• Speeding / aggressive driving - 520 charges;
• Failure to yield - 11 charges;
• Seat belt violations - 92 charges;
• Other provincial statutes - 138 charges;
• Total 792 charges.
The RCMP says similar policing efforts will continue in the future. The RCMP are asking motorists to slow down while driving on our highways, and are asking drivers not to use their cell phone while driving, don’t drink and drive and to always wear your seatbelt when either operating or travelling as a passenger in a motor vehicle.