Busy 2019 for Penticton RCMP on alcohol related driving offences

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Traffic officers working within Penticton’s Community Safety & Enforcement Team (CSET) were kept busy this past year with having investigated over 180 alcohol related driving offences and collisions.

In 2019, the two officer traffic unit working within Penticton’s Community Safety & Enforcement Team (CSET), were kept busy with having charged 188 motorists with alcohol related driving offences. These offences resulted in drivers receiving licence suspensions ranging from 24 hours to 3, 7, 30 and 90 days, resulting in vehicle impoundments.

It should be mentioned that of the 188 investigations, over half (96), were dealt with in the way of 90 day suspensions or criminal charges.

In addition to offences where impairment was a factor, the team charged 53 drivers with either prohibited, suspended or unlicensed driving.

"Impaired driving is a totally preventable offence, yet many people in our province continue to be killed or injured by it every year. By outstanding efforts in enforcement and education, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment is committed to helping reduce this number of tragic death and injuries", explains Cst. James Grandy.