Nine traffic fatalities in West Kootenay area in 2013

Drinking and driving, as well as seatbelt and distracted driving are leading factors in serious or fatal collisions.

  • Jan. 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.

The year 2013 was a busy one for the West Kootenay Traffic Services and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit.

A total of nine fatalities took place in the area. Of those nine fatalities, two were alcohol related and two were pedestrian fatalities. The other causal factors were speed, mechanical or distracted driving.

Drinking and driving, as well as seatbelt and distracted driving are leading factors in serious or fatal collisions.

This year 90 impaired drivers were taken of the road and 120 suspensions were issued in the West Kootenay Boundary area. The units served 1,430 seatbelt tickets and 325 distracted driving charges (cell phone).

Drug possession seemed to be on the rise with 500 drug seizures. Excessive speed charges which goes with a seven day seizure of the vehicle is also on the rise with 63 seizures. More than 7,300 violation tickets were served.

“The West Kootenay Traffic and IRSU units are striving to reduce crashes and injuries to our motoring public by enforcement and education in high crash areas,” wrote Cpl. John Ferguson in an email.

“We urge all people to slow down, buckle up, stay off the cell phone and get a designated driver. The consequences of an impaired driving charge financially and emotionally on an individual are tremendous.”

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