The West District RCMP recently arrested three people for impaired driving, including a driver going the wrong way on the Trans-Canada Highway, over the course of several hours in the Carleton County area. An additional three drivers were issued seven-day suspensions.

On November 2 around 9:50 p.m., an RCMP police officer driving eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway near Woodstock was almost struck by a car driving the opposite direction. The car was stopped and the driver, a 54-year-old woman from Somerville, was arrested. She was released on a promise to appear in Woodstock Provincial Court on December 19. In addition, her licence was suspended for 90 days and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Earlier in the evening, just before 7 p.m., police responded to a 911 report of an impaired driver on Highway 105 near Kilburn. A 38-year-old man was arrested. Christopher Mowbray of Drummond appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court on November 6, 2017 and pleaded guilty to impaired driving and breach of an undertaking. He was released on a judge's undertaking pending a sentencing hearing on March 19, 2018. His vehicle was also impounded for 60 days.

Around 8 p.m. the same evening, a 30-year-old man from Woodstock First Nation was arrested for impaired driving on the Woodstock First Nation. He was released on a promise to appear in court in March 2018. His licence was also suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Also that evening, two novice drivers were ticketed and received seven-day driving suspensions for driving with alcohol in their system. A 25-year-old man from Jackson Falls also received a seven-day driving suspension and had his vehicle impounded for three days.

The arrests and suspensions followed a day of checkstops as part of the launch for MADD Canada's 2017 Red Ribbon campaign. The West District RCMP conducted checkstops through the day to hand out red ribbons and remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving.

Anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver is asked to call 911. Providing a description of the vehicle and driver, a licence plate number and direction of travel can assist RCMP members in locating the vehicle and getting the impaired driver off the road.

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