Celebrate your graduation — but do it responsibly.
That’s the message being sent to 2018 graduates by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP.
“We would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate you, but also remind you, that although we are sure you would love to invite us as your party guests, (trust us some of us are pretty great dancers), we don’t need an invitation to come,” says a media release from Cst. Kelly Brett.
The first reminders are alcohol related:
The age of majority in BC is 19 years (under 19 = a minor),
It is illegal for a minor to be found in possession of liquor,
It is illegal (for anyone) to consume alcohol in public,
It is illegal to have open liquor in a motor vehicle (including a bus or limo),
It is illegal to purchase/provide liquor to a minor,
You may be arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.
The second are about drugs:
You may be arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle if you are under the influence of any intoxicating substance (not restricted to alcohol),
It is illegal to be found in possession of any illegal drug and prescription medication which is not prescribed to you.
If you host a party; you may be subject to City Noise Bylaws infraction tickets. These fines are issued to the home owner, so even if mom and dad are not home for the party, they may still get the bill.
The graduation ceremonies in School District 22 are:
Kalamalka Secondary – June 8 @ 4PM – Vernon Rec Centre
Charles Bloom Secondary – June 15 @ 5PM – Charles Bloom Secondary
Alternative Learning Program – June 18 @ 11AM – Schubert Centre
Clarence Fulton Secondary – June 22 @ 5PM – Kal Tire Place
Vernon Secondary – June 23 @ 3PM – Kal Tire Place
WL Seaton Secondary – June 28 @ 3PM – Performing Arts Centre