Officers ready for weekend

Canada Day long weekend. It’s the start of summer holidays for students, start of vacation for lots of families, and it’s time for the annual Funtastic Sports and Music Festival in Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby

Canada Day long weekend.

It’s the start of summer holidays for students, start of vacation for lots of families, and it’s time for the annual Funtastic Sports and Music Festival in Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby

It’s also one of the busiest weekends for local police.

“We will have an increased presence this weekend, mainly because of Funtastic so we will have more bodies in Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby,” explained local RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“We’ll have more traffic people working and conservation will also be busy checking forestry camp sites.”

The Funtastic event in Vernon draws 216 teams and its central location is the Vernon Army Camp. No alcohol is permitted on the grounds outside of the designated beverage garden.

The beer garden has held as many as 5,000 people attending the tournament and enjoying the music concerts.

Police simply want to make sure that everybody has a safe and enjoyable Canada Day long weekend on both the roads and waterways.

“We want everybody to drive responsibly, give yourself more distance between vehicles, slow down and live,” said Molendyk.

“No drinking and driving. As I’ve said before, our impaired driving numbers tend to peak through the summer months.”

Over the past two weeks, the local detachment has arrested three people for impaired driving. Officers have issued four 24-four driving prohibitions (one was drug-related), two three-day immediate roadside prohibitions, seven 90-day IRPs and 12 vehicles have been impounded.