July 31, 2013 - 10:13 AM
KELOWNA - The number of impaired drivers has increased significantly according to statistics compiled this year by RCMP.
An aggressive RCMP campaign in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna to curb dangerous driving was launched January 1 and ran through June 30. During that time, police recorded over 500 contacts resulting in impaired driving charges or prohibitions. Comparing the numbers in 2013 to those in 2012, police increased the number of contacts this year by 262 per cent.
Jan. 1 - June 30, 2013
Criminal Code Impaired / Refusal Charges: 13
Immediate Roadside Prohibition Fail / Refusal: 359
Immediate Roadside Prohibition Warn: 131
Jan. 1 - June 30, 2012
Criminal Code Impaired / Refusal Charges: 78
Immediate Roadside Prohibition Fail / Refusal: 50
Immediate Roadside Prohibition Warn: 64
RCMP say the disparity can be attributed in part to the suspension of the immediate roadside prohibition program for a portion of this time last year as well as the aggressive nature of the program itself.
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