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RCMP focus on rural area impaired drivers
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP continue to combat impaired drivers in the detachment’s rural area.
Supt. Reg Burgess released third quarter statistics (July to September) for 2012 that showed 45 impaired drivers were taken off the road by charge or suspension in Armstrong, Enderby, Falkland and Lumby over that time frame.
“He didn’t say it but I think that’s a high number,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper, responding to Burgess’ quarterly report at the regular meeting of city council. “They’re definitely picking up the impaired drivers.”
Burgess wrote that the rural detachments continued their efforts to increase road safety and combat impaired driving over the quarter.
“Numerous road checks were set up in the areas, as well as other vehicle stops,” wrote Burgess, whose report showed drivers in Spallumcheen were issued 118 violation tickets and/or warnings in the third quarter.
Lumby was next with 113, edging out Enderby which had 112.
There were 105 violation/warnings written in Armstsrong and 100 in Falkland.