The Integrated Road Safety Unit, more commonly known as IRSU, was formed in 2004 and is made up of 110 traffic enforcement officers from the RCMP and Municipal Police agencies across the Province.
- Harm reduction on BC roadways
- Conduct strategic traffic enforcement in high collision areas in order to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal collisions on BC roads
- Focus on seatbelt compliance, aggressive driving and impaired drivers – the three factors that contribute to most of the carnage on our roads (impaired driving is still the #1 criminal cause of death in Canada)
- Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
- Criminal Interdiction
- Assist Municipal and Provincial traffic enforcement units with strategic traffic enforcement operations
Traffic Enforcement Officers use both marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as police motorcycles to conduct the traffic enforcement operations – each vehicle is or will soon be equipped with an in car camera.
Other enforcement tools available to the officers include;
- Radar & Laser speed detection devices
- Alco Sensors – Assists with impaired driving investigations
- Automatic Licence Plate Recognition - detects stolen vehicles, uninsured vehicles, unlicenced drivers, etc
- Traffic Safety Helicopter
The IRSU units were formed to support the
E Division Road Safety Vision 2010 initiative. The officers were chosen as they are committed to making British Columbia Road the safest in the world.