Impaired driver faces more than $5,400 in fees, fines

A Victoria woman found driving while impaired Thursday morning is facing more than $5,400 in tickets and other fees.

West Shore RCMP said they received a report of a driver swerving in their lane on the Trans-Canada Highway near Leigh Road in Langford around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Officers determined the driver, a 29-year-old Victoria woman, was impaired. Her vehicle was also uninsured and had the wrong licence plates.

The woman was issued a $598 ticket for not having insurance, a $109 ticket for having the wrong licence plate, and an 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition. The vehicle was also impounded for 30 days.

Police said costs associated with the driving prohibition are around $4,730 to cover the cost of towing the vehicle and storing it an impoundment lot, an administrative penalty, a licence reinstatement fee, a responsible driver program, and installing a device wired to the vehicle’s ignition system that requires the driver’s breath sample before starting.

With the tickets issued, the driver is facing a bill of more than $5,400.

“Not only is impaired driving one of the leading causes of collision-related death, it’s also incredibly costly,” said Const. Nancy Saggar. “We are thankful to the witness who reported this impaired driver, their report helped us improve public safety by taking an impaired driver off the road.”

— Times Colonist

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