Police on the lookout for impaired drivers

B.C. Island District, B.C. Lower Mainland District, B.C. North District, B.C. Southeast District, Traffic Services

2019-06-27 09:00 PDT

Police in British Columbia are always on the lookout for impaired drivers and, as summer is almost upon us, police throughout the province will be even more vigilant in their efforts to get impaired drivers off our roadways this July and beyond.

The entire month of July is dedicated to the Summer Counter Attack Impaired Driving Campaign which includes two major events during the month targeting impaired drivers: June 28-30 – Traffic Services Light up the Highway Campaign, and July 26 – Province-wide One-Day Blitz.

Impairment means more than just alcohol impairment – it also means impairment by illegal drugs or prescription medication. In BC, an average of 68 people are killed every year in collisions where alcohol, drugs or medications* were contributing factors.

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Too often our officers are put in the position of having to notify a family that they have lost a loved one due to an impaired driving collision, says Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services. We want people to enjoy the summer but we also want people to make good decisions and choose to drive sober every time they get behind the wheel. If you do plan to drink alcohol or consume drugs of any kind, have a designated driver or plan alternate ways home.

Motorists can expect to see an increased presence on our highways throughout the province during these enhanced enforcement campaigns and may experience short delays. Police are asking motorists to drive safely, and obey the directions of Officers at any check-stop.

(*Source: ICBC - 5 year average 2013-2017)

For more information go to: BC RCMP Traffic Services  ICBC.com   @icbc   Impaired Driving

 

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Cpl. Mike Halskov

Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Traffic Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_Traffic_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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