Langely: Langley Traffic officers working an enforcement operation during last Friday’s rush hour were a little surprised and frankly, disappointed by two drivers in particular.
The first driver was seen eastbound on 88th Avenue at around 5:40 p.m. and was noted to be using her cell phone. One of the officers approached her to discuss the violation and found the 32 year old Langley woman appeared to have been consuming alcohol. An open bottle of wine was located in the front passenger area and her eight year old daughter was seated in the rear of the vehicle. The woman, who was less than cooperative with police, blew a fail on the roadside screening device and was issued a 90 day IRP.
Her vehicle was impounded and she was issued a violation ticket for using her cell phone. A short time later, one of the officers became aware of a collision where a vehicle was ‘stranded’ on the center medial on 88 Avenue just west of Walnut Grove Drive.
The female driver, a 37 year old Langley Woman appeared to have been consuming liquor and blew a fail on the roadside screening device as well. Her seven year old daughter was seated in the front passenger seat.
This driver was also issued a 90 day IRP, her vehicle was impounded and she received a violation ticket for not having any insurance.
It likely goes without saying that there are a number of concerns here. Of particular concern is both mothers were allegedly impaired by alcohol and chose to drive with their young children in the vehicle with them. The first driver was further distracted by use of her cell phone while second driver actually collided with the median and had no insurance for the vehicle.
Inspector Rob de Boersap, Langley Operations Officer, “It’s certainly troubling that we still have impaired drivers – even more so when they not only endanger themselves and others on the road but their own children are put in harm’s way.”