Friday April 18, 2014

New Year's Eve 'routine'

Keith Anderson

Kamloops RCMP stop motorists on Tranquille Road on New Year's Eve as they check for people drinking and driving.

Although not without its highlights, 2014 was ushered in without much excitement for Kamloops RCMP.

Sgt. Dave Prentice said officers were dispatched to 61 calls on New Year's Eve, which is a manageable night for such a holiday.

He said one big event like a party or fight can create several calls for police to attend.

"There's no rhyme or reason, sometimes, to the way the night goes," Prentice said Wednesday.

In a news release, Staff Sgt. Fran Bethell called New Year's Eve "a steady, but routine night," spent dealing with intoxicated people.

The volume of calls was down from New Year's Eve 2012, she said.

RCMP set up random drinking and driving road checks to nab drunk drivers. Bethell said only two motorists were found impaired, issued 90-day driving suspensions and had their vehicles impounded.

"Officers were pleased to see that most drivers made good choices this New Year's Eve," said Bethell.

Prentice wants this trend to continue for the next 364 days. From his experience, New Year's is a time many people think ahead and make alternate plans to get home.

He said the City's transit service ran late, and services like Operation Red Nose help.

As the night wore on, Mounties broke up three large house parties -one on Parkcrest Avenue in Brocklehurst, another on Monteith Drive in Upper Sahali and a third at a home in Knutsford. Bethell said some arrests were made.

She said 15 people were arrested throughout the night and lodged in cells to sober up.

In separate incidents, five individuals were found in breach of court-ordered conditions. Bethell said three were arrested, held in custody and face charges.

Prentice said six residents were reported missing on New Year's Eve, but all were accounted for Wednesday afternoon.

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