Summerland police issue reminder during Distracted Driving Month

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PENTICTON - March is distracted driving month and Summerland RCMP are sending a message to motorists that it’s a priority with the detachment not only this month, but throughout the year.

Summerland RCMP detachment commander Cpl. Chis Richardson says distracted driving contributes to more than a quarter of fatal car crashes in B.C.

“Driving is a skill that should not be underestimated. A few seconds of distraction can lead to deadly consequences,” he says in a media release.

Richardson also says Summerland RCMP responded to a residence in the community on March 17 after receiving a call about a drug overdose. The subject was found in a non-responsive state but regained consciousness prior to being taken to hospital.

RCMP members also responded to a single vehicle crash on Arkell Road and Highway 97 on March 18. The vehicle struck the highway median causing minor damage, but had to be towed as a result. No injuries were reported and no charges laid in the incident.

Summerland RCMP also investigated the theft of a 'Texas mickey,' a large bottle of whiskey valued at $142, taken from Peach’s Perch.

A suspect was recorded on video during the incident and the store released the video on social media. RCMP have since identified the man and charges are pending.

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