Mountie road blocks nab drunk drivers in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – More than 7,000 cars stopped during Light Up the Highway Campaign.

Mounties illuminated who was naughty and nice on Vancouver Island’s roads during its annual Light Up the Highway Campaign.

The blanket operation against impaired driving happened Friday when more than 7,000 drivers were checked at road blocks across Vancouver Island.

Island-wide road blocks tallied more than 150 violation tickets, one drunk driving charge, 11 roadside driving prohibitions and four 90-day immediate prohibitions.

Police bagged three drivers already prohibited from driving and conducted six drug seizures.

In Nanaimo, Cpl. Norm Smith, head of municipal traffic services, said police checked 250 vehicles, issued three 90-day driving prohibitions, one seven-day and one three-day prohibition, caught two prohibited drivers behind the wheel and racked up one drug seizure.