A major police crackdown is set for this weekend, with RCMP, including Campbell River, Port Hardy, Port McNeil and Port Alice detachments, taking part in National RCMP Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

Local Police Officers will be out in full force targeting drunk drivers by actively patrolling our roads and highways.

That from RCMP Sergeant Gordon Brownridge in Port Hardy.

RCMP say drivers found under the influence of drugs or alcohol will face penalties including Criminal Code charges, Immediate Roadside Prohibitions, Vehicle Impoundments, and fines.

Sergeant Brownridge says the campaign won’t only be focusing on impaired driving, adding distracted drivers will also be ticketed.

Police officials say the number of impaired drivers removed from our streets is alarming.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious safety concern and a tragedy waiting to happen”, states Staff Sergeant Gord Brownridge, Detachment Commander of the Port Hardy RCMP. 
He says if you are planning on drinking, do not drive, have a plan, choose a designated driver or spend the night.

Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 if they see an impaired driver. If possible, record the license plate, vehicle description and direction of travel. These details assist officers in locating the vehicle, and apprehending the driver.