In you live in central British Columbia, you probably love snow. All you have to do is drive through the Rocky Mountains and you’ll find small cities packed with snow, ski resorts, and people who love to play in it. Kimberley, located in the interior of BC near Cranbrook, is no exception to that rule, but after one resident was busted for impaired driving because of snow, he might not be loving it as much as he used to.
During a routine patrol on January 19th, police officers patrolling a highway near Kimberley found fresh vehicle tracks in the snow. In this case, the tracks were considered evidence of impaired driving as the car had clearly crossed the center line several times. Because it was fresh snow, the police knew the driver was close by, so they continued down the road until they came upon the vehicle and pulled him over.
When stopped the police asked the driver to submit to a breathalyzer, and he failed both breath tests. He was charged with impaired driving, given a 90-day driving prohibition, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver will have to pay all of the towing and storage costs for those days, and according to British Columbia impaired driving laws, he’ll also have to pay fines and install an ignition interlock in his vehicle when he gets his drivers license back.
It’s not every day that tracks in snow result in an impaired driving arrest, but this case is a good example of why you should never feel ‘safe’ behind the wheel when you’re driving drunk. When you’re swerving all over the road like this driver, you could crash into another car or drive off the road, and even if there’s no sign of police in the area, they still have the skills to track you down if they find evidence of impaired driving.