Wednesday April 23, 2014

Police nail 21 in drunk-driving blitz

Operation Red Nose provides hundreds of rides over the weekend

Twenty-one drivers lost their licences for impaired driving as Kamloops RCMP began a Counter Attack road check blitz.

Three days of road checks from Thursday to Saturday resulted in:

* 10 drivers with 90-day immediate driving prohibitions and vehicles impounded for 30 days.

* Seven drivers with three-day immediate driving prohibitions and vehicles impounded for three days.

* Four drivers with 24-hour driving prohibitions and vehicles impounded for one day.

Police also charged two drivers with driving while prohibited, and two others were served with notices for having poor driving records.

In addition, officers arrested two drivers under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and seized drugs.

"Can you afford to lose your licence? Imagine what would happen if you were involved in a crash while impaired and someone was hurt," said Cpl. Bernie Parent of Central Interior Integrated Road Safety Unit.

"This was just the start of the December police Counter Attack road checks.

Meanwhile, Operation Red Nose provided 91 rides on Friday night and 129 rides on Saturday night for people who felt they had too much to drink.

The effort by 58 volunteers raised $4,500 for PacificSports.

Kamloops is second in B.C. for providing the most rides, behind Surrey-Langley.

Operation Red Nose is looking for volunteers for New Year's Eve. Application forms are at the Tournament Capital Centre, RCMP office, Volunteer Kamloops and Desert Gardens Community Centre or call Katie at 250-320-0650 or email at

The phone number for the service is 250-372-5110.

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