RCMP Traffic Services East conducts traffic enforcement of excessive speed and arrests impaired driver

Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador – RCMP Traffic Services East conducted a speed enforcement initiative on the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) on January 6, 2021, that led to the arrest of a suspected drug-impaired driver.

Officers were set up on the TCH between Butter Pot Park and Witless Bay Line. In the span of 3 hours, nearly 30 drivers were ticketed for speeding and or distracted driving violations. One of those drivers, a 21-year-old Mount Pearl man, was stopped for traveling at a speed of 159 km/h. He was showed signs of drug impairment, was arrested for drug-impaired driving and was transported to Holyrood Detachment for a Drug Influence Evaluation. The driver refused to submit to the evaluation and now faces a criminal charge of refusal. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in St. John’s Provincial Court on April 9, 2021. He faces additional charges of failing to comply with a release order, excessive speeding, and having unsealed cannabis in his vehicle. His driver’s license was suspended and the vehicle was seized and impounded.

A hand held Lidar was used by RCMP Traffic Services East on the TCH between Butter Pot Park and Witless Bay on January 6, 2021.
(NL RCMP) A hand held Lidar was used by RCMP Traffic Services East on the TCH between Butter Pot Park and Witless Bay on January 6, 2021.

RCMP Traffic Services remains dedicated to road safety and continues its efforts to educate motorists on safe driving practices and to enforce the law.

RCMP Traffic Services East

NL RCMP



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