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Responsible motorists make for blessedly quiet Christmas season

Local motorists really towed the line this holiday season, according to Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowish.

"The Trail and Greater District Detachment conducted a Christmas Counter Attack 2018 program in the month of December which ran concurrently with province-wide traffic program safety initiatives," Wicentowich said. "There were more local police officers out on the road conducting pro-active roadblocks and traffic stops looking for impaired driving, distracted driving, no seatbelts, speeding, and other offences throughout the month in Trail, Warfield, Rossland, Fruitvale, and Montrose."

In a  press release, he detailed some of the results of the blitz.

Over the Dec. 21 - 22, weekend:

·         284 vehicles were checked and all drivers and vehicles found to be in compliance with the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

·         One vehicle was taken off the road for having no insurance. 

On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31:

·         West Kootenay Traffic Services with assistance from the Trail RCMP Detachment checked numerous drivers and vehicles during a Counter Attack check stop that operated in Rossland, BC.

·         No drivers were found to be impaired by drug or alcohol.

·         Some drivers were found to be in violation of the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act and other statutes.

"The Trail RCMP Detachment would like to thank the public for helping them make the 2018 Christmas season a safe and happy one for everyone," he said. "Feedback from the public was very positive and supportive of the increased police presence and operations throughout the month.   

"Thank you and have a Happy New Year."