Dangerous and drunk drivers in Kelowna RCMP’s sights

Police have recorded over 500 contacts that resulted in impaired driving charges in 2013, a 236 per cent increase

RCMP in the Central Okanagan are cracking down on dangerous driving and those who drink and drive, posting some shocking statistics.

Between Lake Country, Kelowna and West Kelowna, police have managed to catch so many offenders for failing to provide a breath sample or failing the roadside test they have removed 359 people from the road since January, versus 50 for the same period last in 2012.

Those drivers are the ones who were immediately given roadside prohibitions. Some 131 were also given warnings, whereas only 64 were over the same period last year. The number of people charged under the criminal code has gone down to 13, versus 78 last year.

According to a news release sent out Wednesday, the numbers are partially due to the suspension of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program for a portion of the first six months of 2012.

Between January 1 and June 30, 2013, police have recorded over 500 contacts that resulted in impaired driving charges, a 236 per cent increase.

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