Several times a year, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP receive reports of individuals using paintball guns in an inappropriate manner.
July 28 was one of those times.
During the Thursday morning commute, a Lavington motorist reported having her vehicle hit by paintballs on Highway 6 in the area between the two gas stations.
“The caller was very upset and concerned, and feels that drivers could panic when their vehicle is hit by paintballs, especially in a moving vehicle,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
Police say there is a time and place for people to use paintball guns, but shooting at moving vehicles on a highway isn’t one of them.
“There are times when an individual could be using these (guns) in an inappropriate manner that could lead to a criminal charge, such as mischief, wilful damage, damage to property or cause an accident,” said Molendyk.
“An individual may think, ‘Ha-ha, this is a joke,’ but it could lead to some serious charges. Use your head and use the paintball guns appropriately.”
The suspect in the Lavington incident has not been found.