Fewer impaired drivers observed

The number of impaired drivers in Summerland is a little lower than last year, according to statistics from the Summerland RCMP.

The number of impaired drivers in Summerland is a little lower than last year, according to statistics from the Summerland RCMP.

From January to July, police in Summerland issued suspensions to 34 motorists who blew a Warn or Fail reading in roadside screening devices. In the same time period in 2013, there were 38 suspensions issued.

This year, aside from a spike in April, the number of suspensions has been relatively constant.

At other times of the year, including during the festive season in late December and at the start of this year, impaired driving incidents remained stable.

Sgt. Stephane Lacroix of the Summerland RCMP detachment said younger drivers tend to be careful not to drive if they are impaired. “The kids seem to be more responsible,” he said, but added that younger drivers are more likely to be distracted by cell phones or text messages while driving.