Nelson Police are continuing to check vehicles for impaired drivers during the holidays.

Impaired driving tickets mounting

Nelson Police are continuing to check motorists throughout the holiday season.

The Nelson Police Department is continuing its holiday check stop program.

On Wednesday evening, approximately 400 motorists were stopped and spoken to by Nelson Police. On that evening, six provincial tickets were handed out and 10 warnings given.

Over the weekend several drivers lost their licenses to either three or 90 day suspensions for drinking and driving.

On Sunday, December 22, at 1:35a.m. a young couple was seen getting into a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Vernon Street.

When they noted the marked police truck nearby, they got out and walked away. As soon as the Nelson Police member drove off they jumped back in and drove off breaking several traffic laws in the process.

After nearly striking another police vehicle in the area the driver was stopped and detained. He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration for others, his license suspended for three days and his vehicle impounded.

Fortunately no one was hurt on this occasion.

At 3:15 the same morning, Nelson Police noted a truck driving erratically on Front Street.  The vehicle was stopped and the 41-year-old driver provided two samples of his breath to a roadside screening device.  Both samples registered “Fail”.  His license was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for 30.

Police want to remind drivers to “remember it doesn’t take much alcohol to impair your driving — just because you’ve only had a couple of drinks doesn’t mean you’re okay to drive.”

They encourage people to make a smart choice. “If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.”