Impaired Driving enforcement is a national priority and the BC RCMP Traffic Services support this priority by increasing enforcement efforts across the Province to stop impaired drivers this holiday season.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of ICBC’s CounterAttack program and police launched the start of the holiday season with a province-wide enforcement blitz on December 2, 2017.
A small decision can have great consequences, says Superintendent Davis Wendell, the Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Traffic Services.
This holiday season please make the right choice before getting behind the wheel. Everyone has the right to come home safe.
In British Columbia, the RCMP is making road safety a priority in partnership with the provincial government and ICBC. Impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries, with immense costs and devastating effects to our communities.
According to recent statistics released by RoadSafetyBC, 78 people die each year (on average) in collisions where alcohol is involved (10 year average from 2007 to 2016), making impaired driving fatalities one of the leading causes of death on our provincial roadways.
On December 2, 2017, Traffic Services in the Lower Mainland set up multiple CounterAttack check-stops which resulted in the following charges and/or tickets being issued:
- Criminal Code Impaired Driving charges: 1
- Immediate Roadside Prohibition (all types): 25
- Drug Impaired drivers: 0
This year if you are planning on drinking, please do not drive. By finding an alternative way home such as public transit, cabs or a designated driver you can help ensure that you, and people sharing the road with you, get to their destination safely, says Supt. Davis Wendell,
and please make it your habit to drive sober every time you get behind the wheel.