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Kelowna RCMP removed 800 impaired drivers from area roads this year

Motorists in the Okanagan can expected to see more police officers on the road as part of the annual CounterAttack campaign. Global Files

Kelowna Mounties have already removed 800 impaired drivers from area roads and this month’s increased focus may mean more.

Mounties will be conducting CounterAttack road checks throughout the Central Okanagan from Dec. 1 to 31 with National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday, Dec. 4, Kelowna RCMP said in a press release.

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RCMP said drivers in Kelowna will see a heavy police presence as Kelowna RCMP traffic services will be conducting several road checks throughout the Kelowna area, targeting impaired drivers.

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“While most people understand that drinking alcohol and driving is dangerous, people need to understand using drugs, both illegal and prescription drugs, is just as dangerous,” Sgt. Mark Booth of Kelowna RCMP traffic services said in a press release.

“If you are planning on drinking, please do not drive. Find an alternative way home to ensure that you and the people sharing the road with you, get to their destination safely.”

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The 800 impaired drivers removed from area roads this year include drivers who are facing criminal charges for impaired driving by drugs and alcohol, including refusals as well as drivers who received prohibitions under the Motor Vehicle Act.

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