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Mounties caught a large group of minors drinking in a chauffeur vehicle this summer, resulting in multiple violation tickets for the operator.
The Surrey RCMP said that they recently received information alleging alcohol consumption by youth and young adults on party buses and limousines in the Strawberry Hills area of Newton.
It was alleged that youth and young adults were paying a fee and being permitted to consume alcohol on-board.
On August 31, at 9 p.m., Surrey RCMP Traffic Enforcement Team members conducted a traffic stop with a party bus.
The bus was found to have 40 intoxicated youth passengers, all aged between 15 and 18-years-old. Officers also located open liquor with youth inside the bus.
The driver of the bus received multiple violation tickets related to the bus being operated over the 35-person capacity, having open liquor in a vehicle, and not holding a chauffeur’s license.
“We will be continuing to conduct this type of targeted enforcement in our efforts to keep the community safe,” says Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services Commander.
“We are also bringing this information to the public in order to arm parents with information about how youth may be accessing alcohol, in support of parents’ efforts to keep their kids safe.”
Police and Bylaw Enforcement have also conducted follow up with the owner of the party bus, reviewing the expectations of compliance with the Motor Vehicle Act and Liquor Control and Licensing Act.