This may be the season to be merry, but the RCMP are encouraging everyone to be cautious, too.
Local Mounties are currently investigating an incident that may involve a date-rape drug and they want everyone to be aware that they should never leave their drinks unattended.
Some individuals have placed unknown drugs into other people’s drinks “resulting in extended black out periods, with no memories of past activities.” Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said in a statement released on Friday, December 11. “The RCMP is currently investigating such a possible incident and encourages the public to be aware. Partygoers are encouraged to stay with a buddy, use designated drivers and always check on others in your group. The consumption of substances from unknown sources is always discouraged.”
He also said that the Force will be conducting Check Stops in random locations to ensure that all drivers are sober and able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Past Check Stops have located uninsured vehicles, unlicensed drivers, non-seat-belted occupants, open liquor in vehicles as well as drivers impaired both by drugs and alcohol. British Columbia has some of the strictest drinking and driving laws in Canada and legislation exists to remove intoxicated drivers from the roads for up to 90 days as a result of their impairment.
Grabinsky also noted that the City’s Public Nuisance By-laws are being enforced to improve the activity of late night users of the downtown core.
These by-law tickets have been issued to many people nailed for being loud in the late or early hours, fighting or urinating and even defecating in a public place. If you get ticketed here’s what you can expect to pay:
- Disturbing the peace, quiet and enjoyment of the community — $500;
- Participating in a fight or similar physical confrontation —$500; and
- Urinating or defecating in public — $300.
- The Revelstoke RCMP wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.