Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Yellowknife RCMP were busy on January 23, 2021. Not only did they respond to regular calls for service, but during some of the calls and the patrols, four individuals are being investigated for impaired operation of a vehicle.
It is not yet a month since the holiday campaigns ran advising everyone to arrange for a safe ride home and not drive impaired. Yet, the public seems to have quickly forgotten the dangers of operating a vehicle while impaired and the potential criminal charges they may face.
At approximately 12:30 am Saturday, January 23, a call for service regarding a traffic complaint came in to the RCMP. Yellowknife RCMP began an investigation, which is ongoing, but impaired driving is noted as a potential cause for the call.
after, at approximately 1:30 am on the same morning, Yellowknife RCMP observed a man in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was running with keys in the ignition. RCMP began an investigation and charges are being sworn. A 45-year-old man is facing CC 320.14(1)(a) Operation while impaired of Motor Vehicle and CC 320.14(1)(b) Operation while impaired over 80 mg% of Motor Vehicle.
Mid-morning, at approximately 10:50 am, police received a complaint of a possible abandoned vehicle. When RCMP attended the location given, a gas station in downtown Yellowknife, the vehicle had been removed. Further investigation linked the vehicle to a single vehicle collision the evening before. Eventually, RCMP were able to locate the female driver. A 20-year-old woman, of Yellowknife, is facing several Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act charges and fines:
Cc 320.14(1)(a) Operation while impaired of motor vehicle
CC 320.13(1) Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
CC 320.16(1) Failure to stop after accident
MVA 5(a) Operate vehicle without valid registration $230
MVA 66(1) Operate vehicle without valid driver’s licence $345
MVA 36(2)(a(b)) Operate vehicle without valid certificate of financial responsibility $1955
– Total $2530
At approximately 2:15 pm that afternoon, RCMP conducted a traffic stop. The driver was found to have consumed alcohol and was brought to the detachment. A 38 year old man, of Yellowknife, is facing charges of CC 320.14(1)(a) Operation while impaired of Motor Vehicle and CC 320.14(1)(b) Operation while impaired over 80 mg% of Motor Vehicle.
In the above incidents, three people are facing up to 7 charges total. One person was fined over $2500. The public may not know, that anytime a charge of Operation while impaired of motor vehicle, there is an automatic 24 hour/90 day suspension of driver licence.
“Unfortunately, operating a motor vehicle while impaired continues to be a regularly occurring crime in our city, and we are urging people to reconsider getting behind the wheel. Impaired driving is avoidable, simply choose another way to get home safely. Your loved ones will thank you for it” states Inspector Dyson Smith, Officer in Charge Yellowknife Detachment.
If you see a suspected impaired driver or suspicious activity, call your local RCMP detachment, for Yellowknife 669-1111, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.
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