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A joint effort between RCMP and conservation officers helped keep long weekend parties from getting out of hand...

A joint effort between RCMP and conservation officers helped keep long weekend parties from getting out of hand in one particular North Okanagan region.

Checks were conducted Friday night between the two organizations at camp sites around Mabel Lake.

Four major parties were identified with anywhere between 50 and 250 revellers at each.

“Officers attended these parties prior to people becoming overly intoxicated,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “They gave warnings and reminders of the offences of drinking and driving.”

After that, the two groups set up a major check stop on the Mabel Lake Forest Service Road at the 14.5-km marker, and more than 20 vehicles were checked.

“Everyone involved felt the pro-active policing and the very high visibility helped prevent any significant issues from taking place in the area,” said Molendyk.