Police in the Columbia Valley are reminding motorists to stay sober behind the wheel – even in the backcountry.
RCMP conducted a check-stop on Foresters Landing Road near Radium last Saturday and stopped a truck that was coming back from snowmobiling.
The man in the truck denied drinking any alcohol but mounties say they noticed the smell of liquor and an open beer can.
Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck explains they conducted breathalyzer tests that resulted in a fail.
“He grew quite agitated with the members because he believed that the members had no jurisdiction on forest service roads or even backcountry roads surrounding impaired operation investigations.” says Vatamaniuck. “It was eventually explained to him that this is against the law to operate a motor vehicle anywhere while impaired.”
Vatamaniuck adds these things happen a handful of times in the region every winter.
“It seems every winter we have a couple of discussions with people like this even if they’re on the mountain side with their snowmobiles and believe that either the police aren’t going to be there enforcing it or that somehow the law doesn’t apply.”
The man had his license seized for 90 days and his truck was impounded for 30 days.
– Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment Commander