CHARLOTTETOWN – Local police and the RCMP are conducting roadside safety checks throughout the province this week as part of National Safe Driving Week.
Law enforcement also will be checking for vehicle safety violations such as expired driver licences and vehicle registrations and inspections, tinting on the windshield and front windows of vehicles, and anything that may be covering vehicle licence plates.
Plastic licence plate covers — whether tinted or clear — can reflect headlights and make it difficult for police to read the plate.
Remaining checkpoints will be in the following areas:
— Tuesday — West Prince with RCMP.
— Wednesday — Charlottetown area, with Charlottetown police.
— Thursday — Souris and Montague areas, with RCMP.
— Friday — Charlottetown with RCMP.
The Canada Safety Council made “drugs and driving” the theme of this year’s National Safe Driving Week. The safety council reports that more than one-third of fatally injured drivers tested positive for impairing drugs in 2009.
Government enacted legislation earlier this year requiring mandatory roadside driver-licence suspensions for drug-impaired drivers who refuse or fail the physical coordination test. This is in addition to other possible penalties that come with impaired driving such as longer licence suspensions, vehicle impoundment, ignition interlock or jail time.