Kamloops Mounties ready for New Year's Eve
Kamloops Mounties say they will be out in full force tonight (Dec. 31) to keep revellers safe as they ring in 2013.
"We've got a full contingent, plus a re-scheduled number of extra members," said Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward, noting "flying roadblocks" will be set up sporadically across the city throughout the evening and into the early-morning hours.
"They won't be in any one spot for too long, so we'll be covering lots of areas."
Ward said Mounties will also have a number of unmarked police vehicles roaming the streets, as well as the regular patrols of hot spots like bars and pubs where people might get a little bit too festive.
"There's going to be an emphasis on personal safety — fights and stuff — as well as people getting home," he said.
"The last couple years, we've been pretty successful with our program, so that's a good sign."
According to Ward, police caught a number of impaired drivers last New Year's Eve, but he said other incidents weren't much of an issue.
"I think last year was pretty good, so we hope for more of the same," he said.