RCMP conducting backcountry patrols

Vernon North Okanagan

2023-05-19 13:02 PDT

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Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers will be heading into backcountry and recreation sites over the May long weekend as part of an enhanced seasonal policing initiative.

These back-country patrols are being held in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC and will see officers conducting educational and enforcement activities in BC Recreation Campsites.

The North Okanagan is home to some great back country areas, states Sgt Justin Thiessen of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. We want everyone to take advantage of what this beautiful area has to offer. Our goal is to ensure that everyone is using these areas in a safe and responsible manner.

Along with having an increased presence, users can expect to see officers checking for compliance around off-road vehicle use, responsible camping, responsible campfires, and impaired driving. In previous years, these patrols have resulted in multiple impaired driving charges, charges under the Off-Road Vehicle Act, and even evictions from campsites.

Police want to remind residents that intoxicating substances and off-road vehicles do not mix. Impaired operation of off-road vehicles is as dangerous and can have fatal consequences, adds Thiessen. It also carries the same punishments under the Criminal Code. Whether it’s dirtbikes, ATV’s, or watercraft, if you’re going to drink or consume intoxicating substances, please make the responsible decision and do not drive,

If you observe unsafe behavior, including impaired driving, please report it immediately to your local RCMP Detachment.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Victoria Day long weekend!

Released by:

Cst. Chris Terleski
Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191

Email: vernon_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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