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Kamloops RCMP reminding grads to stay safe during celebrations

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June 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - RCMP are reminding graduates — and their parents — to take extra precautions as graduation celebrations kick off. 

Since high schools and universities have celebrations on different weekends over the month of June, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it's hard to know for sure if drinking and driving incidents can be attributed to grad activities, or if the warmer weather leads to more parties and drinking.

Shelkie does offer some tips to both grads and parents to ensure people have a safe time celebrating.

"If you're going out to celebrate remember there is safety in numbers," Shelkie says.

She also says it's important to plan ahead. Take into account who you are going to the party with and how you will be getting home.

A crucial point Shelkie makes is being prepared with a back-up plan, that way if the person you were supposed to get a ride with begins drinking or for some other reason can't drive you home, you have a safe ride.

There are also steps parents can take to ensure their children get home safely. Shelkie says parents should make sure there will be adult supervision at any party, and to know who the hosting parents are.

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