40 intoxicated teens nabbed in Surrey sting targeting underage drinkers: RCMP

Sep 17 2019, 3:05 pm

Surrey RCMP is reporting that a sting operation recently caught dozens of underage drinkers on a party bus.

Police say it’s part of a joint project between the RCMP and Surrey Bylaw Enforcement to target underage drinking in chauffeured vehicles.

According to a police statement, the Surrey RCMP received information that teens were allegedly paying fees to allow them to consume alcohol on-board party buses and limos in the Strawberry Hills area of Newton.

On August 31, traffic enforcement officers conducted a stop of a party bus. Inside the bus was allegedly 40 intoxicated teens, all aged between the ages of 15 and 18. Officers say they also found open liquor inside the bus.

As a result, police say the driver of the bus received multiple violation tickets, including the bus being operated over a 35-person capacity, having open liquor in a vehicle, and not holding a chauffeur’s license.

The Surrey RCMP said they have also followed up with the owner of the party bus.

“We will be continuing to conduct this type of targeted enforcement in our efforts to keep the community safe,” says Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services Commander in a statement.