Two-man Penticton traffic enforcement team catch 188 impaired drivers in 2019

96 of those drivers received 90-day suspensions or criminal charges

Western News staff

The two-officer traffic unit working with the RCMP’s Community Safety and Enforcement Team is responsible for charging a raft of impaired drivers.

The team charged 188 motorists with alcohol-related driving offences in 2019. As a result of the charges, drivers received licence suspensions from 24 hours to 90 days, as well having their vehicles impounded.

“Impaired driving is a totally preventable offence, yet many people in our province continue to be killed or injured by it every year,” said Const. James Grandy in a release. “By outstanding efforts in enforcement and education, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen regional (RCMP) detachment is committed to helping reduce this number of tragic death and injuries.”

A number of the offences led to additional charges, with 53 drivers charged with prohibited, suspended or unlicensed driving, in addition to driving under the influence.

The 188 offences are only the ones ticketed by the traffic unit.

The officers are part of the Penticton detachment and all 188 incidents occurred within Penticton city limits. The South Okanagan Traffic Section has a separate provincial-based enforcement division.

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