SUMMERSIDE - From April 11 to 18, police officers from Summerside Police Services, Kensington Police Services, Prince District Joint Forces Operations (JFO) Drug Unit and the East and West Prince RCMP detachments conducted joint targeted patrols for drivers impaired by drugs.
During the course of this project, police had local officers trained as Drug Recognition Experts in attendance. The officers conducted roadside tests on a number of people to ensure that their ability to operate a motor vehicle was not impaired by drugs.
While police did not charge anyone for impaired driving by drug, they did issue various charges under the Highway Traffic Act, including two for driving while suspended.
They were also able to charge two people for two separate drug offenses, one in Summerside on April 11, where methamphetamine was seized and the adult male subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail, and a second for cocaine where an adult male was arrested in Alberton on April 18, and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date, with charges still to be determined.
Police will continue to target drug impaired drivers throughout the year and the public is encouraged to report anyone who they believe to be driving while impaired, whether it be by drug or alcohol, to your area police.