Posted Jan 19th 2013 6:00PM
It's safe to say that no city ever wants to be known for most criminal acts of any kind, let alone one that has led to so many preventable deaths. Based on recent Stats Canada numbers, Kelowna, BC leads the nation in drunk driving offences by more than double the national average.
To make matters worse, Kelowna has seen a rise in drinking and driving charges of 76 per cent since 2001, which is surprising know that BC has been toughening their drunk-driving laws in recent years. The province as a whole seems to be having a tough time getting people to hand over their keys while tipsy as four of the 10 top-ranked cities are from British Columbia.
The RCMP is claiming this whole scenario as more of a victory than a loss, stating that improved enforcement is the driving force behind the increase in charges. Knowing the region fairly well ourselves we have to say we have our doubts. Kelowna has always been known for being a bit of a party town all year 'round, and there's no doubt that that mentality spills over into people's decision making when it comes to getting home.
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