The arrest of a suspected impaired driver in the Green's Harbour area on Friday, Nov. 30 marked a discouraging beginning to National Safe Driving Week, which runs from Dec. 1-7.
At about 2:20 a.m., members of the Whitbourne detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were on patrol on Route 80 in Green's Harbour. They observed a vehicle travelling 30 kilometres per/hour in an 80 Km/h zone.
Officers stopped the vehicle, and subsequently arrested the male driver after he failed a roadside screening test. Police arranged for transportation for a passenger in the vehicle.
The driver was escorted back to the detachment for further testing, and was charged for impaired driving as well as operating a motor vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
He was released to the custody of a family member to appear in Harbour Grace provincial court at a later date.
RCMP would like to remind motorists that driving is a privilege and that if they are planning to drink, they should do so responsibly and plan a safe ride home.