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Kelowna RCMP begin road checks ahead of May long weekend

Drivers can expect a more visible presence of RCMP on the roads
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RCMP will be on the Central Okanagan roads ahead of May long weekend. (Kelowna RCMP photo)

With temperatures rising and the May long weekend on the way, Kelowna RCMP are reminding drivers to slow down on the roads.

The reminder comes as part of Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign aimed to bring awareness and increase public compliance with safe driving measures.

Police in the Central Okanagan will be increasing enforcement starting immediately in anticipation of the busy upcoming May long weekend.

Drivers can expect a more visible presence, road checks, and other enforcement initiatives at various locations throughout Kelowna which will include mandatory alcohol screening at these road checks and vehicle stops.

Sgt. Colby Attlesey of the Kelowna Municipal Traffic unit said during the May long weekend, RCMP typically see an influx in vehicle traffic and road-related incidents.

“We are encouraging everyone to plan accordingly and to be patient with fellow motorists navigating congested traffic throughout the long weekend,” said Sgt. Attlesey.

If caught driving while under the influence, motorists can be handed a 90-day driving prohibition coupled with a mandatory 30-day vehicle impoundment. Those with a history of impaired driving, or when necessary as deemed by the investigating officer could be charged criminally for driving while impaired.

“There are several transportation options that are available for residents and visitors throughout the summer months including ride-share companies, taxis, and public transit,” said Sgt. Attlesey.

RCMP is encouraging the public to report any impaired driving immediately to police by calling 911.

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