Holiday Counter Attack hitting the road

RCMP Counter Attack road checks are becoming mobile.

  • Dec. 21, 2011 6:00 a.m.

RCMP Counter Attack road checks are becoming mobile.

This explains why, from Dec. 15 to 17 during checks in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby and Enderby, police nabbed 10 speeders and wrote tickets for eight intersection violations, along with 53 other tickets and issued 65 warnings.

“At times our officers are working doing other traffic work while doing Counter Attack,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “They’ll check everything coming in (to the road block), they’ll also be watching intersections because sometimes people under the influence will roll through a stop light or stop sign.

“We’re changing the dynamic of how we do Counter Attack.”

And, of course, officers will still be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

One alcohol-related charge was issued during the three-day Counter Attack, two three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRPs) were ordered and both vehicles were impounded.

Two drivers were given 24-hour driving prohibitions for drugs. One driver was ticketed for having no insurance, and there were three minor drug seizures.

Molendyk called the weekend numbers “relatively low.”

“That’s a good sign,” said Molendyk. “People are  getting the message.”

Over the past week, the local detachment issued five 24-hour prohibitions (three for alcohol, two for drugs), three three-day IRPs and ticketed four impaired drivers. Ten vehicles were impounded.