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Impaired in the Okanagan

RCMP officers from across BC took part in a 'Counter Attack' impaired driving blitz over the weekend, and say they were disappointed by the results.

Despite the publicity of the event and the multiple warnings sent out to media on the dangers of impaired driving, too many drivers still chose to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcoholic beverages. 

Over 2,000 vehicles were checked in the Okanagan:

  • In Vernon, 300 vehicles were checked
    • 30 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions were issues and one warning
  • In the City of Kelowna, 225 vehicles checked
    • Three 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions, two warnings and one drug charges
  • In Greater Kelowna, 140 vehicles were checked
    • One 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibition and four warnings
  • In Penticton, 1200 vehicles were checked
    • Two 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions and three warnings
  • In Oliver, 150 vehicles were checked
    • Two warnings issue (come with a lesser penalty of either 3, 7, or 30 day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions)
  • In Osoyoos, one vehicle was checked – nothing found
  • In West Kelowna, 50 vehicles were checked – nothing found
  • In Lake Country, 51 vehicles were checked – nothing found

Across the province 97 RCMP detachments checked 32,877 vehicles which resulted in:

  • 5 Impaired Driving charges 
  • 104 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions
  • 94 warnings that come with a lesser penalty of either 3, 7, or 30 day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions
  • 17 Roadside suspensions for Drugs

“Impaired driving accidents are 100 per cent preventable. All people have to do is to plan ahead before consuming alcohol, it’s not hard- if you drink don’t drive,” says Cpl Mc Donald “E” Division Traffic Services.

The RCMP want to remind motorists once again that they will be out in force during the holidays, targeting impaired drivers.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, and to police themselves when it comes to consuming alcohol, but if they can’t the police will be there to do it for them,” adds Mc Donald



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