The Delta Police Department is reminding the public that just because it’s the morning after, doesn’t mean you’re sober.
Over the long weekend, the department’s traffic enforcement section says they found a truck driver who was still impaired from the night before.
On Saturday, August 3, officers observed an SUV and a dump truck, following close behind, both speeding. The truck driver, according to police, was travelling at nearly 130 km/h.
When a traffic enforcement officer reportedly attempted to pull over both drivers, the SUV began to slow down. The truck driver allegedly failed to do so and struck the bumper of the SUV as a result.
Fortunately, the SUV driver was unharmed and only minor damage was dealt to the vehicle.
When the officer interacted with the dump truck driver, however, he says the man showed signs of impairment.
“In conversation with the officer, the driver revealed he had been drinking the previous night,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for the Delta Police in a statement. “He was asked to blow into the approved screening device, which registered a Fail.”
“We’re highlighting this incident because we wanted people to be aware that it is entirely possible to be impaired, and unable to safely drive the morning after a night of drinking,” she continues. “And in this case, the driver was also responsible for a larger commercial vehicle.”
As a result, the dump truck driver received a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. He was also given a ticket for excessive speeding, a separate seven-day impound for excessive speeding, and numerous fines and penalties.