Traffic blitz nabs dangerous drivers

A 23-year-old driver was taken to hospital after she rolled her vehicle over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Impaired driving charges are pending against the woman after the crash at around 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 13.

A 23-year-old driver was taken to hospital after she rolled her vehicle over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Impaired driving charges are pending against the woman after the crash at around 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 13 outside the Kopper King bar, Yukon RCMP Const. Christine Grant said today.

The rollover happened during Operation Impact, a nationwide crackdown on dangerous driving over the long weekend.

More than 200 tickets and other charges were laid in the territory from Oct. 11 to 14.

“It’s a way to get out and promote safe driving and show that the police are taking road safety seriously,” Grant said.

Over the long weekend, 10 people were found driving without registration, 15 without insurance and 11 without driver’s licences, police say.

On top of that, officers seized drugs from seven people, and one man was charged with trafficking in cocaine and marijuana.

In Whitehorse alone, two people were arrested for impaired driving and five people were charged with consumption of liquor in a motor vehicle.

Also in the city, Whitehorse RCMP issued 122 tickets for speeding, 13 for not wearing a seatbelt, and eight for using a cell phone while driving. That last charge will cost you $287.

Officers from the detachments around the territory were involved in the blitz along with the Yukon traffic services division.

Police say with more people travelling over the long weekend, the number of dangerous incidents go up.

“The deaths, injuries and emotional toll that results from irresponsible driving are preventable,” said Inspector Ken Foster, district policing officer for the Yukon RCMP, in a statement. “The public has a role to play if we are to achieve safe streets and highways.”

Operation Impact is supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Last year’s Operation Impact campaign led to nearly 500 tickets.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com