New Year’s Eve quiet for local police

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP report a quiet, orderly end to 2011

The new year came on with a whimper for Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP members.

Police report a rather quiet, orderly end to 2011.

“There were no major incidents for us,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“A few people were arrested for being drunk in public but there were no big rowdy parties.”

Police did conduct a Counter Attack road check campaign in Vernon, Lumby and on Silver Star Road on Saturday.

At the road blocks, police arrested one impaired driver, issued two 24-hour prohibitions for drugs and one for alcohol relating to a new driver.

There was one intersection infraction, one seatbelt infraction and one driver was ticketed for having open liquor in the vehicle.

One commercial vehicle was taken off the road, there was one minor drug seizure and 13 other traffic offences.

“From what I see here, for the most part, it was pretty good,” said Molendyk in regards to the Counter Attack statistics.

“There were relatively few impaireds during Counter Attack. Those individuals who thought they could sneak through, we were there trying to keep our roads as safe as we could.”

For the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, police ticketed five impaired drivers and nine vehicles were impounded, the majority related to alcohol.


Two 12-hour suspensions for alcohol were issued and there were two 24-hour Immediate Roadside Prohibitions recorded (one as a result of a collision).