Busy long weekend for Langley RCMP

Still far too many people driving dangerously — including drinking drivers — on Langley roads, say police

While Langley managed to escape any major carnage on its roadways during the May long weekend, too many people were still driving dangerously — or drunk —  said police.

Langley RCMP traffic officers focused their attention specifically on high-risk driving and impaired driving over the long weekend.

“In a perfect world, there would be nothing to report; unfortunately this isn’t the case for Langley on Saturday,” said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Largy.

Langley RCMP targeted several locations. Daytime efforts focused on 88 Avenue at 256 Street, 0 Avenue and 16 Avenue.

In the evening, check stops were set up in Walnut Grove at 88 Avenue and 202 Street as well as at 197 Street at 96 Avenue.

A total of 141 tickets were issued for offences such as speeding, driver’s licence infractions, passing, intersection and seatbelt violations and driving without due care and attention.

Two prohibited drivers were charged and multiple warning notices were issued for a variety of vehicle defects, said Largy.

Officers were also called to several collisions, but still managed to issue three 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions, as well as two 12-hour driving suspensions for drunk driving.

Another 10 tickets were issued for excessive speed, which included nine vehicles being impounded. Speeding is still the leading cause of car crash deaths in British Columbia.

On average, 94 people die every year in this province in crashes involving speeding, said police.

Langley RCMP have impounded dozens of vehicles for excessive speeding, many on 16 Avenue over the past 60 days.