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Counter Attack Program leads to quiet New Year’s Eve on Greater Trail roads

Trail RCMP thank public for making Christmas season safe

It was a relatively quiet New Year’s Eve on local roads according to the RCMP.

The 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.

“No drivers were found to be impaired by drug or alcohol,” said Trail Detachment NCO Sergeant Mike Wicentowich in a press release.

He added, “Some drivers were found to be in violation of the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act and other statues,” but offered no further details.

The New Year’s Eve patrols capped the Christmas Counter Attack 2018 program in the month of December.

The program ran concurrently with province wide traffic program safety initiatives.

There were more local police officers out on the road conducting pro-active roadblocks and traffic stops looking for impaired driving, distracted driving, seatbelts, speeding, and other offences throughout December in Trail, Warfield, Rossland, Fruitvale, and Montrose.

Wicentowich said over the Dec. 21-22 weekend, almost 300 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.

He added that 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. Feedback from the public was very positive and supportive of the increased police presence and operations throughout the month.

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