Police hand out about 140 violations over Thanksgiving weekend

Officers dealt with 17 individuals for impaired driving

  • Oct. 17, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Abbotsford police handed out about 140 violation tickets  on Thanksgiving weekend during Operation Impact – a national road safety campaign to enforce laws against high-risk driving activities.

About 50 per cent of the tickets were for distracted driving or using cell phones, 23 per cent were for excessive speed and 13 per cent were for impaired drivers.

Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) said police dealt with 17 individuals for impaired driving over the four-day period. He said that with many people on the roads for the holiday weekend, the number of impaired drivers is concerning.

“I don’t think it’s comforting to know there were a minimum of 17 people who were driving impaired on our roadways.”

MacDonald said despite people knowing that distracted and impaired driving is wrong, the levels of both have been “alarming” this year.