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Teen party under investigation



The RCMP are investigating to find out where local youth obtained alcohol after attending a noisy party on Fissile Lane in Alpine Meadows on Friday, Oct. 8. When the RCMP arrived they observed intoxicated youth inside and outside the home, including some youth that were vomiting.

The RCMP handed out tickets for Consumption of Liquor in a Public Place or Possession of Open Liquor in Public to youth that were leaving the party.

As well, the RCMP is investigating how the youths came into possession of the alcohol.

According to Sergeant Shaun LeMay, the RCMP are working with local health practitioners and community leaders to launch an anti-bootlegging campaign to discourage older people from buying alcohol for minors.

"Most know that it's illegal to provide liquor to a minor, but there's a subset of the law which makes it illegal to allow a minor to have liquor in a place you control," he said.

Under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, fines start at $500 for supplying alcohol to minors or allowing minors to drink in an area you control.


Woman charged after refusing to provide breath sample

The Whistler RCMP attended a parked car on Fitzsimmons Road at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, with an unresponsive woman behind the wheel and the doors locked.

The paramedics were called in the event that it was a medical emergency, but eventually succeeded in rousing the woman and having her open the window. She was arrested after showing signs of intoxication and brought to the Whistler RCMP detachment where she refused to provide a breath sample.

A 40-year-old Whistler female has been charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a sample - the latter charge results in the same penalties as impaired driving. She will make her first court appearance on Dec. 1.


RCMP checks net impaired drivers

Between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 the RCMP conducted a road safety check at Highway 99 and Alta Vista, which resulted in penalties for two drivers. At roughly 8:55 p.m. the RCMP stopped a 62-year-old Vancouver woman who provided samples into an Approved Screening Device and failed. She was issued an immediate 90-day driving prohibition and had her vehicle seized for 30 days.

At 10:10 p.m. a Whistler female provided a sample in the "warn" range - between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent blood alcohol content - and was given a three-day driving prohibition.

On Sunday morning at 2:15 a.m. the Whistler RCMP stopped a vehicle after the driver made an illegal U-turn at the intersection of Lorimer and Blackcomb Way. The driver showed signs of recently consuming alcohol, and was asked to provide a sample. After failing the test, the driver - a 41-year-old male from Vancouver - was given a three-day driving prohibition and three-day impoundment.


Bicycles ignoring the rules of the road

The Whistler RCMP have noticed a large number of cyclists using crosswalks improperly, riding on the road and then riding across crosswalks. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, cyclists must use the turn lanes like other vehicles with the appropriate hand signals. However, if riders choose to use the crosswalk then they must get off their bikes and walk like other pedestrians.



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