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Quiet New Year's for Okanagan cops

It was a relatively quiet New Year's Eve for RCMP in the Central Okanagan.

Cst. Steve Holmes says New Year's Eve 2013 in the region was no busier than police would see on a non-holiday summer weekend.

Holmes says some of that has to do with the fact it fell on a weekday and not a Friday or Saturday.

"I would say this New Year was good in terms of...we didn't have large numbers of people in custody and that's a good thing," says Holmes.

"I would like to think a lot of people had pre-planned how they were going to handle their festivities. Had made plans with respect to getting home safely and didn't get caught in a situation where we had to deal with them."

In terms of numbers, Holmes says RCMP responded to 88 calls in Kelowna, lodged 16 people in cells, 14 of whom were released once sober. The other two remain in custody dealing with court ordered breaches.

Eight files were responded to in both Lake Country and West Kelowna, however, none resulted in any arrests.

Holmes says two people were arrested at Big White for being drunk is a public place and were kept in the sheriffs' van and released once they had sobered up. There were also four calls for service at Big White.

One the roadways, Holmes says six impaired investigations were launched in Kelowna, most through the provincial Immediate Roadside Prohibition. Offenders were handed prohibitions between three and 90 days.

Another two roadside prohibitions were handed out in Lake Country.

There were several vehicle crashes as well, many of those due to icy road conditions.

Holmes says none of the vehicle crashes involved alcohol.


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