Penticton RCMP start positive ticketing campaign

RCMP said the program is a chance for police to emphasize the positive, especially with young people.

German tourists Benjamin Michael and Anna Lena were ticketed by Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth for good behaviour on Lakeshore Drive Tuesday for wearing their helmets. The tickets are part of a promotional campaign with the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society.

German tourists Benjamin Michael and Anna Lena were ticketed by Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth for good behaviour on Lakeshore Drive Tuesday for wearing their helmets. The tickets are part of a promotional campaign with the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society.

In addition to the obvious health benefits, protecting your noggin can have some tasty rewards.

Through a program between the South Okanagan-Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS) and Penticton RCMP, special “positive” tickets are being given to those who put safety first.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth and members of the community policing division were at the Peach on Lakeshore Drive this week issuing the tickets along with SOSBIS reps.

With the tickets recipients will get coupons good for some tasty snacks and activities from the participating sponsors.

“What we’re trying to do is spread the message to be thoughtful in advance and keep yourself safe in an effort to prevent brain injuries,” said SOSBIS executive director Linda Sankey. “The positive ticket is a reward for being caught doing it right and setting a good example. Lets reward those people and make a fuss about them.”

Law abiding cyclists and boarders won’t be the only ones ticketed during the blitz which runs until the September long weekend.

Even those wearing life jackets will recognized. According to Sankey, near-drowning accidents in which the brain is without oxygen can also result in serious injuries.

Wrigglesworth said the program is a chance for police to emphasize the positive, especially with young people.

“It’s a great opportunity to reward kids for doing the right thing,” he said.