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Penticton counterattack program got some help from the pandemic

Penticton RCMP are reporting fewer impaired drivers on the road this year.
January 11, 2021 - 7:31 AM

COVID-19 restrictions may have helped keep impaired drivers off Penticton and area roads this holiday season.

The pandemic affected Penticton RCMP’s ability to deploy officers for counterattack enforcement this year.

However, the enforcement and traffic stops that did take place saw a noticeable decrease in general traffic after 9 p.m. this year.

Police spokesperson Const. James Grandy says that’s probably due to bars and restaurants closing earlier, or not being open at all.

The detachment saw 15 90-day and criminal code charges compared to 21 charges laid last year.

Lesser charges, including 24-hour, 7-day and 30-day immediate roadside prohibitions, were down to 13 compared to 17 last year.

The following counterattack charges were laid in the City of Penticton over this Christmas season:

  • failing or refusing a breathalyzer: 1
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle due to alcohol: 8
  • impaired operation of a motor vehicle due to drugs: 3
  • 24 hour suspensions: 1
  • Immediate roadside prohibitions: 2

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