Drinking and driving charges up

May was a bad month for drinking and driving in Langley.

During an average weekend, Langley RCMP officers expect to catch nine to 12 motorists drinking and driving. But during May, the numbers were up 60 to 80 per cent.

Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks called the figures “astounding.”

Marks said the increase doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup drive, because the amount of over-refreshed drivers arrested on Langley streets was above normal even during a hockey-free weekend.

The worst weekend was May 14, when 18 people were caught.

The number of alcohol driving charges dropped to a relatively normal nine during the Victoria Day long weekend, then rose again during the last weekend of the month, when 16 people were nabbed.

“A stubborn minority of motorists is not getting the message,” Marks said. “It has been proven time and time again that alcohol and driving don’t mix.”

Marks said if someone spots a motorist who appears to  be impaired, they should call police immediately.


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