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Roving RCMP patrols, check stops nab drivers leaving Big White music festival


RCMP conducted roving patrols and check stops to keep an eye on drivers leaving a music festival at Big White Ski Resort earlier this month.

The enforcement was a joint effort between Kelowna RCMP and B.C. Highway Patrol members, April 2, on Highway 33 and Big White Road east of Kelowna as concert goers left the AltiTunes Music Festival at the ski resort.

About 4,200 people rocked out to headliners Arkells at the ski resort's largest-ever event. Lights, Days of May and DJ Invisible also took to the stage.

Five 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions were handed out, meaning those tested had blood-alcohol levels over 100 mg%, according to an RCMP media release.

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Three three-day IRPs were handed out, meaning a “warn” on the roadside tests for those with blood-alcohol levels between 60 and 100mg%, RCMP said. Four roadside tests were administered without enforcement action and one Standardized Field Sobriety Test for drugs was administered without enforcement action. Ten speeding tickets were issued along with one for excessive speed. Two tickets were given for not wearing seat belts, one for using an electronic device while driving and one Cannabis Act ticket was issued.

“Enforcement operations such as this demonstrates our commitment to road safety,” B.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryce Petersen said in the release. “By working together with our detachment partners we prevent crime and make our highways safer together.”

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