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More than 600 drivers checked for impaired driving in South Okanagan

FILE PHOTO - An unidentified BC RCMP officer operates breathalyzer equipment roadside in this submitted image.
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More than 600 drivers were pulled over by officers with the RCMP's BC Highway Patrol during impaired driving checks over three days in the South Okanagan last week.

The officers issued driving prohibitions and impounded vehicles in Penticton, Summerland and Osoyoos between from July 4 to July 6 as a part of the provincial summer impaired driving campaign, according to an RCMP media release.

“Our BC Highway Patrol teams across the Okanagan will continue to focus on drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs through the summer season to reduce the serious injury and fatal collisions on our highways," RCMP Insp. Rob Nason said in the release.

The check stops led to 10 immediate roadside prohibitions, two prohibited driver’s removal from the road and one driver refused a breath sample. Driving prohibitions issued were a range of three days to 90 days and some were accompanied by impounded vehicles.

“Drinking and driving has devastating effects on all of us,” Insp. Nasan said. “People who drive while impaired can lose their privilege to drive, they may be involved in collisions with life altering outcomes and it can result in taking the lives of our friends, families and community members."


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