Hope BC – RCMP conduct two Impaired Driving investigations as Mounties continue their strict drinking and driving enforcement in the city.

On Thursday July 2, 2015 at approximately 5:39 p.m. police responded to a report of an impaired driver in the 63000 block of Flood Hope Road. A General Duty officer immediately arrived in the area and after stopping the suspect vehicle formed the opinion that the 47 year old man from Penticton operating the automobile had consumed alcohol. Police will be submitting a report to Crown Counsel of all circumstances of the incident for their assessment of criminal charges for Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample.

On Monday July 6, 2015 at around 2:00 p.m. a traffic stop by a General Duty officer on Kawkawa Lake Road quickly developed into an impaired driving investigation as the officer noted alleged symptoms of intoxication in the 41 year old male driver from Hope. Police will be submitting a report to Crown Counsel of all circumstances of the incident for their assessment of criminal charges for Impaired Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle Over .08 later this month.

“Police remain vigilant for impaired drivers in town and have also issued two 90 days Immediate Roadside Prohibitions stemming from traffic checks this month.” said Cpl. Adam Tallboy.

On average, 86 people die every year in crashes involving impaired driving around the province with close to 42 of these fatalities occurring over the summer months.

As always police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Hope RCMP at 604-869-7750 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 FREE (TIPS).

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