Abbotsford (News1130/CP) – When you think of drunk driving, you think of it as predominantly happening at night, but over the last month, Abbotsford Police found that’s not exactly the case.
Constable Ian MacDonald says in the first two months of 2016, an alarming number of people have been caught doing it during business hours.
“Twenty-five per cent of the impaired driving incidents that we had actually took place during school hours and commuter hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” he tells us.
“When we layer that with a map that shows Abbotsford schools, a lot of these incidents are also taking place in close proximity to those schools,” adds MacDonald.
He points to one incident in particular:
“It was a stop that occurred on a Thursday around 1 p.m. — so, [the driver probably wasn’t drinking] from the night before. A woman in her 40s was driving a Honda Civic with a bottle of rum — an open container — in the car was clocked doing 80km/h through a school zone, which is dangerous enough. But she was also intoxicated.”
“She carried on for a spell because she was oblivious to the fact that there were police cars behind her with lights and sirens on,” he adds.
MacDonald says around 40 per cent of those arrested in the last month for driving under the influence actually had open liquor in the vehicle.
But there is a silver lining: More people are calling police to report possible impaired or distracted driving.