July 10, 2014 - 1:37 PM
KELOWNA – The RCMP have a new rolling billboard designed to highlight the dangers of gang life.
The 2004 Nissan 350Z sports car was confiscated as a proceed of crime and has been donated by the province to the Kelowna RCMP. The modified car, complete with graphics and warnings, was unveiled at an RCMP press conference Thursday morning.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton says the vehicle is a reminder that the gang lifestyle is not as easy as it’s made out to be.
“The promise of a glamorous life and flashy cars lures many young people into crime,” she says. “But we need them to understand that this lifestyle is dangerous and often ends badly.”
The car will be making appearances across the city over the next two years, including festivals, beaches, parades and other events.
The vehicle will be maintained by Kelowna RCMP for two years after which it will be auctioned to the public.
This is the third vehicle the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office has donated, with Abbotsford getting a forfeited Hummer and the Combined Special Forces Special Enforcement Unit getting a BMW SUV.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the B.C. civil forfeiture program has obtained approximately 200 vehicles over the past eight years, most with links to drug, gang or organized crime.
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