Penticton RCMP ready to target impaired drivers with increased roadside checks

Penticton RCMP say roadside checks will be stepped up for the Christmas season beginning on Dec. 3, which is also National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
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PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP are preparing for the Christmas season with concentrated efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Cpl. Ted Muchalenko says National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day takes place on Dec. 3, kicking off the Christmas roadside enforcement season for the Penticton RCMP.

Roadside checks could pop up anywhere and at any time.

“Expect increased enforcement, daytime and nighttime,” he says. “Expect to be checked.”

“Hopefully we won’t catch anyone this year."

Muchalenko also notes colder weather in the forecast means a return to winter driving conditions. He cautions motorists to take time to ensure they scrape their windshields to ensure adequate visibility, and not to leave vehicles unattended after starting.

“If you do, you could be walking to work,” he says, noting the practise not only invites theft, but is illegal and subject to a $190 fine.

“Be prepared for winter driving. Slow down,” he says.

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