Cops Shut Down Roadblock Because Too Many Drivers Were Drunk

A Victoria, B.C. police officer said that the service actually ran out of tow trucks.
Mack Lamoureux
Toronto, CA
August 3, 2021, 2:17pm
A Canadian city had to shut down a roadblock over the long weekend because police were overwhelmed by the number of impaired drivers.
A photo tweeted by Victoria Police from the roadblock on Sunday night.

A Canadian city had to shut down a roadblock over the long weekend because police were overwhelmed by the number of impaired drivers. 

In fact, according to the Victoria Police service, the cops “ran out of tow trucks.” 

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Police set up a roadblock in downtown at 2 A.M. Sunday in downtown Victoria. It only lasted two hours before the cops were so inundated with drunk drivers in the capital of British Columbia. 

“Every tow truck All-Ways Towing had down there had a car on it and we had cars waiting,” Const. Stephen Pannekoek told the Victoria Times Colonist

Pannekoek told the Victoria Times Colonist that at one point an officer was dealing with one impaireddriver when another pulled up beside him. The officer said that they were so “bogged down” with paperwork they had to shut it down. Fourteen cars were impounded in the two-hour time frame. 

According to the outlet earlier in the weekend police had to deal with several people who pulled up to a roadblock, presumably intoxicated, who ripped a U-turn and drove away. The cops elected not to chase them out of fear for the public. 

Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in Victoria have been open for several months now in B.C. 

Experts have said that the pandemic may have caused an increase in drinking as people are more likely to drink during a crisis. Unsurprisingly, as there was nowhere to go, some major cities saw decreases in drunk driving tickets being handed out. 

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