800 vehicles pulled over in one night in Nanoose Bay road check

The driver of the first vehicle pulled over was allegedly driving under the influence

The first driver that was pulled over during a national driving initiative Dec. 5 in Nanoose Bay was issued a DUI.

Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services Cpl. Mike Elston said that was an “unusual” start to the annual road block, but it didn’t reflect the rest of the night.

Elston said 800 vehicles were pulled over at the Nanoose Flats where two DUIs were issued, three drug seizures (marijuana) were conducted and about 30 tickets were given out.

Eight regular members, four auxiliary members and one commercial vehicle inspector helped with the campaign.

Elston said ICBC was also on-hand — and they gave out gift cards to Tim Horton’s for those who identified as being a designated driver.

The campaign affectionately deemed, Light Up The Highway, was conducted from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Elston said since the province enacted new drinking and driving legislation the number of impaired drivers has decreased dramatically.