On September 14, 2019, at approximately 11:20 p.m., RCMP Traffic Services East was on patrol on the Trans-Canada Highway near Witless Bay Line. A vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed.
The officer activated his radar unit, obtained a speed of 185 kms/hr in the 100 kms/hr zone and initiated a traffic stop. Open alcohol was observed in the vehicle and the driver, a 22-year-old man from South River, was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Police used a roadside screening device and the man provided a breath sample that was in breach of provincial legislation.
The man was ticketed under the Highway Traffic Act for speeding more than 51 kms/hr and for driving with expired registration. He was also charged under the Liquor Control Act for having open alcohol in the vehicle. Police suspended his driver's licence for seven days and seized and impounded his vehicle for seven days.
RCMP NL warns motorists of the dangers of traveling at excessive speeds, especially at night when visibility is reduced. Drinking and driving increases the risk of a collision often times resulting in serious injury or death to the driver and others on the roadway. RCMP NL remains committed to road safety.