Drinking calls down on New Year's Eve 

RCMP arrest 20 people for public intoxication, fewer than any New Year's Eve on record

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It wasn't a quiet night by any stretch, but New Year's Eve 2010 was quieter than usual for local RCMP.

Over the course of the night the RCMP arrested 20 people for being drunk in public or disturbing the peace and creating a disturbance, which includes four females and two youths. One of the women arrested for being drunk in public gave police a fake name and was given a $500 fine for obstructing a police officer on top of the $115 ticket for public intoxication given to the others.

That's almost half the 2009 tally of 39 arrests and significantly down from the previous low of 32 in 2008.

"It's nice to see a reduction in the amount of public intoxication," said Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP. "That can be attributed to year after year ensuring that the public gets the message that it's (First Night in the village), an alcohol-free family event."

The police did hand out 92 tickets for possession of open alcohol, and there were nine traffic tickets - two for no insurance and seven for moving violations.

There were a number of other incidents as well.

One fight between two Lower Mainland males was reported before midnight on New Year's Eve, which resulted in a third person receiving a cut on the arm that required stitches. The two males were arrested for being drunk in public.

It was initially believed that a knife may have been involved, but it was later discovered that the third male received the cut from some glass on the floor of the nightclub.

At 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, a member of the public called in a driver impaired by drugs. The police located the driver in the Whistler Health Care Centre parking lot and observed signs of impairment. A 47-year-old Whistler male admitted to consuming magic mushrooms. He was given a 24-hour driving prohibition and a ticket for driving without consideration.

At 2:52 a.m. the RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from Mt. Currie, which they intercepted heading southbound on Highway 99 near the Village of Pemberton. A 31-year-old male was arrested without incident and charged with stolen property and driving while intoxicated. He also received a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment. The RCMP discovered that he was also in breach of two conditions set by the courts, and was held in cells until Jan. 4 when he was brought before a Justice of the Peace.

At 2:55 a.m. a police road safety check at Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard observed a vehicle heading southbound on Highway 99 make a right turn onto Village Gate and turn around before heading back northbound on the highway. The police intercepted the vehicle and a 56-year-old male from Vancouver blew a "warn" on the roadside screening device. He was given a three-day driving prohibition and three-day impoundment.

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