Current Conditions

Mainly Clear

Cops begin New Year's countdown

The RCMP will be conducting mobile road checks throughout the night.
December 31, 2013 - 10:46 AM

VERNON - Have a Happy New Year and get home safely—that’s the message police are spreading today.

Spokesperson Gord Molendyk says extra officers will be on hand tonight throughout the North Okanagan.

“We ask everyone to plan ahead, do not drink and drive,” Molendyk says.

Crews will be up at Silver Star Mountain for the resort’s annual celebration, where there have been problems in the past with people drinking openly at the family event.

Officers will also be performing roving road checks. Every 15-30 minutes, they’ll be somewhere else.

“You might even pick up the same people two or three times,” Molendyk says. “It’s keeping people guessing.”

A challenge sometimes faced by the RCMP is losing the element of surprise because people text or tweet the location of the road check. Moving around gives them the upper hand while also creating the impression police are everywhere, Molendyk says.

The RCMP is expecting a tamer night with fewer and smaller parties because New Year’s Eve is on a week night rather than the weekend this year. However, they’ll still be out in full force.

“Our officers do not enjoy having to go to somebody’s home... especially this time of year, and advise them that a loved one has been in a serious or a fatal accident,” Molendyk says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2013
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular penticton News
  • Comments
  • How Vernon residents are spreading community spirit one painted rock at a time
    VERNON - Located on a nondescript side street in Vernon sits a landmark known by all the neighbourhood kids as ‘The Wishing Tree.’ A little wooden sign describing it as such has
  • Police seek missing North Okanagan teen
    VERNON – RCMP are looking for the public’s help finding a missing 16-year-old North Okanagan girl. Ebony Holmgren was last seen on June 16 in the 11000 block of Tassie Drive in C
  • Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger
    NEW YORK - Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when d
  • Heat wave expected across Interior this weekend
    The Interior is going to be hit by a heat wave. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning about hot weather across the Southern Interior, including the South Thompson
  • Okanagan cherry season is underway
    KELOWNA - Nothing quite says summer in the Okanagan than eating ripe, juicy cherries until your hands are stained red and your stomach is aching it’s so full. Lucky for us, that time is now.
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile