2 B-Train truck drivers arrested for driving while stoned in Yukon traffic blitz

B-Train (Wikimedia Commons)

Two long-haul truck driver were recently arrested by Yukon police officers after being caught behind the wheel while high.

The commercial drivers were stopped by traffic cops during Operation Corridor, a compliance enforcement blitz from May 4 to 7 along 3,800 kilometres of the North Klondike and Silver Trail Highways.

According to police, both drivers of B-Trains appeared visibly impaired during their separate traffic stops. They were arrested and samples were taken for testing. Both trucks were impounded. The first drivers was given a direct court appearance for the Federal Hours of Service for not being able to provide 14-days of logs for the second time in two months. The second driver also faces charges.

Meanwhile, a third driver found to be impaired on cannabis was issued a 24-hour roadside suspension. Police also located 20 grams of cannabis beside him.

Operation Corridor is a joint enforcement Initiative between the Yukon RCMP Traffic Services and Yukon Government Highways and Public Works – Carrier Compliance and National Safety Code sections with a focus on commercial industry vehicles and transportation safety.

“It’s important for all road users to feel that vehicles, both industry and non industry, are being operated in a safe manner. This Northern blitz covered a lot of area, and while the officers did find violations they also found vehicles that were completely compliant,” Cpl. Natasha Dunmall of Yukon RCMP Traffic Services said.

“Equally private vehicles were also stopped, just because a vehicle is privately registered doesn’t mean the enforcement teams turn the proverbial blind eye, in fact 105 of the 248 charges were against privately registered vehicles.”

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