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It's another red and blue Christmas as Kamloops RCMP prepare to catch impaired drivers

December 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The holiday season is a time for celebration and the RCMP have launched a counter attack program to ensure people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol won't ruin the party for everyone else.

Extra officers, trained as drug recognition experts, will be on the road this month looking for impaired drivers, says Kamloops Media Relations Officer Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a media release issued today, Dec. 6.

"British Columbia’s drinking-driving laws are tough on impaired drivers. The vehicle can be immediately taken off the road and impounded for three to 30 days," says Shelkie. "Costs related to these offences can add up to $600 - $4,000 – even it if it’s the first time a driver is caught. And, a person who is found to be impaired while driving is subject to criminal charges."

Shelkie is asking to public to plan before they drive this holiday season. You can celebrate but it is important to make a plan such as a designated driver, taking a taxi, public transportation or using Operation Red Nose.

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