Po­lice charge snow­mo­biler with re­fusal

Man did not pro­vide suf­fi­cient breath sam­ple for road­side screen­ing de­vice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY DOUG GAL­LANT dgal­lant@the­guardian.pe.ca

A 40-year-old Al­berry Plains man has been charged with re­fusal to pro­vide a sam­ple of his breath for a road­side screen­ing de­vice af­ter be­ing stopped by RCMP Fri­day on the Bald­win Road.

A spokesman for the RCMP said the ac­cused and an­other man were cross­ing High­way 5 on their snow­mo­biles when they came to the at­ten­tion of of­fi­cers op­er­at­ing a check­point.

The driver in ques­tion was read a de­mand to pro­vide a breath sam­ple into a road­side screen­ing de­vice.

He failed to pro­vide a suf­fi­cient breath sam­ple and was ar­rested and trans­ported to the Mon­tague RCMP of­fice.

The driver was fin­ger­printed, pho­tographed and re­leased to ap­pear in court in Fe­bru­ary.

The RCMP say driv­ing a snow­mo­bile while im­paired can be just as dan­ger­ous as driv­ing a car on the high­way while im­paired, if not more so.

The penal­ties for im­paired driv­ing-re­lated con­vic­tions for snow­mo­bile oper­a­tors are the same as those for other mo­tor ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing large fines, lengthy li­cense sus­pen­sions and, in most cases, pe­ri­ods of in­car­cer­a­tion.

The RCMP, in part­ner­ship with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­force­ment branch of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and Pub­lic Safety, will be con­duct­ing en­force­ment to en­sure safe snow­mo­bil­ing over the win­ter months.

If you are go­ing to be op­er­at­ing a snow­mo­bile, wear an ap­proved hel­met, do not drink al­co­hol and drive re­spon­si­bly, po­lice say.

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