Police report no impaired-driving charges over holiday

It seems that drivers are finally getting the message to not to drink and drive

Castlegar drivers had a very responsible New Year’s according to police.

The head of the Castlegar RCMP detachment says there were no impaired driving charges laid by local police on New Year’s Eve, and few incidents over the entire holiday break.

It seems that drivers are finally getting the message to not to drink and drive.

“They’re not everyday occurrences anymore,” Sgt. Darren Oelke said of impaired driving cases. “It used to be if [an officer] wanted one on a Friday or Saturday night, we would just go out and look, and you got one. We’re shying away from that now.”

While the roads were safer, police did respond to a few domestic situations.

“It’s a stressful time of year for some, and when you combine that with alcohol, you sometimes get problems,” he said.

“[But] you could say our holidays were pretty uneventful,” he added. “We just had a few incidents, a few files.”

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