POLICE REPORT: Inexperienced winter drivers rear-end logging truck, YRB snowplow

Vanderhoof RCMP receive seven motor vehicle incident calls in first few days of snow

66 files

5 prisoners

Impaired Driving

Nov. 16, at 10:00 a.m. received a report of a hit and run driver out of Prince George heading into Vanderhoof jurisdiction. RCMP locate and intercept the driver and samples provided to roadside screening device fail twice on separate instruments (to ensure that if there was an error on one it would be caught on the other). The 18 year old Vanderhoof resident was charged with impaired driving and failing to remain at a crime scene.

Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. received a call from a complainant who has been following a vehicle along highway 16 which has been all over road and then pulled into KFC. The RCMP member locates the person in the restaurant and observes that he is intoxicated. He declines a voluntary breathalyser sample, but the officer still manages to convince him he is too impaired to drive, that to take a room at a motel and stay the night. The RCMP checked on the vehicle and it remained there throughout the night.

Snowy winter roads

Three motor vehicle incident files came in where inexperienced young drivers, aged 18, 21 and 22 years old were driving too fast for road conditions and following too closely that the snow was being kicked up from the vehicle in front of them. One driver impacted the back of a moving logging truck, the front of the vehicle crunched up like an accordion and the logging truck didn’t even feel it. The 18 year old rear-ended a yellow YRB snow plough with lights flashing, not seeing it because of the white-out caused by the truck being so close in front of her. Only minor injuries sustained.

In the four days of the first snow dumps there were seven snow-related motor vehicle incidents in total.

The other four where drivers travelling too fast, sliding off the road into a ditch, sliding through an intersection etc. with no one seriously injured.

All vehicles pulled over or involved in incidents had snow tires, which has not been an issue to date. The issue seems to be that there were three dumps of snow in the space of a few days and everyone was still adjusting their driving habits to snow conditions.

Breech of conditions

Nov. 14, Vanderhoof RCMP officer observed an erratic driver. The vehicle was pulled over and on inspection it was found that the occupants both had breeches of conditions which they were charged with. One was breaching a curfew condition and the other was prohibited from being in a vehicle without the registered owner.

– with files released by Sgt. Barbara Holley, Vanderhoof RCMP

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