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Drunk and distracted drivers keep Penticton RCMP busy

Penticton RCMP detachment's Municipal Traffic section was out in force last week.
March 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

PENTICTON - The RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Section was out in full force last week, as spring-like weather returned to the South Okanagan.

In total 35 traffic violations and a number of warnings were issued last week, Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says.

Seat belt and distracted driving (cell phone use) topped the list of offences ticketed, Wrigglesworth says.

The traffic section was also out on Friday night, Feb. 26. In back-to-back incidents, the patrol stopped a man at a Penticton intersection and found him to be intoxicated, failing the roadside screening device. He received a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound.

Shortly after, police stopped a Summerland man, who was found to be impaired. He was charged under the Criminal Code for operating a motor vehicle with more than .08 milligrams of alcohol in the blood.

“We’re doing our best to get impaired drivers off the road, but there are still some out there,” Wrigglesworth says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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