Kelowna Mounties are ramping up their enforcement efforts on roads, waterways and in the downtown to coincide with the onset of warmer weather, says their local representative.
“There will be an increased number of motorists on the Okanagan’s roadways and this will mean more traffic moving within the city,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
“It can also mean more collisions and fender benders, especially at intersections. The RCMP will have traffic members out doing intersection and speed enforcement, as well as roadside compliance checks in and around the city and highways. The RCMP asks that motorists exercise patience and courtesy when traveling the roadways.”
Mounties will also have extra resources on bicycles, on foot and on the Gator in order to ensure the safety of everyone in the downtown and parks areas.
“Public intoxication is one of the police’s greatest challenges so it is asked that people take responsibility for their drinking behaviors and not consume in public places or become a danger to themselves or others by consuming liquor to excess,” Holmes said, adding police will be conducting roadchecks to detect drinking drivers.
Rural recreational areas will be further scrutinized and efforts will be made to prevent the damage to rural areas caused by bush parties and recreational off road vehicles.
Police and policing partners will be conducting Boat Ramp checks to ensure that boat operators possess valid licences and to confirm that boat owners are in possession of the necessary safety equipment on board their vessels. In light of recent tragedies on area lakes, the RCMP is reminding people to wear their approved life jackets while on the water.