West Prince, Prince Edward Island – On Friday, October 23, 2020 Prince District RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP traffic specialists along with Provincial Conservation Officers conducted joint road checks for impaired drivers, Highway Traffic Act offences and Off-Highway Vehicle Act offences in various communities in the West Prince area, including O’Leary, Alberton, Miminegash and Tignish.
A total of five check points were conducted with hundreds of vehicles being checked. Numerous verbal warnings were issued, 10 summary offence tickets for various offences, two Cannabis Act tickets and officers also conducted two Standard Field Sobriety Tests, towed three vehicles and seized one firearm.
There have been ongoing issues with people driving All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on the roadway and even taunting police in these communities and this was very evident during the course of the night as ATVs failed to stop for police in O’Leary, Miminegash and Tignish. Police are issuing a warning to ATV drivers that they may face Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Act charges for these activities, as well as having their ATVs seized and potentially driving suspensions issued. These vehicles are not suitable for driving at high speeds on roadways and this type of behaviour endangers the ATV rider as well as the public. There are plenty or trails and areas to use these ATVs in PEI and most people do so responsibly and have proper documentation for their ATV.
In the coming months, Prince District RCMP and partners will continue to focus on identifying the persons involved in these activities and using all legal means to remedy this unsafe behaviour. If you have information on persons involved in these activities please contact the Prince District RCMP at 902-853-9300 or 902-436-9300 or call PEI Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.
Prince District RCMP
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