Delta roadblocks stop drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers

Delta Police traffic stop.

DELTA Police checked 900 vehicles during a two-night Counterattack blitz on October 19 and 20 in Ladner and North Delta. Officers with specialized training were on hand both nights for the blitz, checking for drivers impaired by drugs and / or alcohol.

“Nearly half of our frontline officers are now trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing,” says Sgt. Sukh Sidhu, head of the Delta Police Traffic Unit. “And we also have Drug Recognition Experts available on every shift, who can gather evidence to support a criminal impaired charge.”

During the blitz officers suspected three drivers of potentially being impaired by drugs, and after testing, handed out two-24 hour suspensions and impoundments, and conducted one criminal impaired by drug investigation, where cannabis was believed to be causing the impairment.

Police also gave out two three-day driving suspensions for persons who blew in the warn range on the Approved Screening Device for alcohol and one 90-day driving suspension.

Drivers who were committing other infractions were pulled over as well, as police handed out five tickets and four warnings for a variety of Motor Vehicle Act and Cannabis Control and Licensing Act offences.

“Another Counterattack effort is upcoming this weekend in Delta,” says Sidhu. “We urge drivers to make arrangements in advance about how to get home safely, if their weekend plans include drugs or alcohol.”

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