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Getting RID of drunk drivers

So far, so good.

A program aimed at getting suspected drunk drivers off the road is netting results.

The program, RID 911 (Report Impaired Drivers to 9-1-1) was instituted a year ago with the support of City of Kelowna, RCMP and the MADD Central Okanagan Chapter.

“In the first year since the signs were installed, we have seen a 19.8% increase in the number of 911 calls reporting possible impaired drivers," said RCMP Cst. Kris Clark.

"These are positive results and we look forward to seeing more public participation during the second year of the program”.

Police encourage all motorists to call 9-1-1 if they suspect another person is driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drinking and driving remains one of the leading causes of crashes, and it’s totally preventable.

“We are encouraged by these results, and applaud the community for their efforts in keeping the roads safe by calling 9-1-1 and having suspected impaired drivers removed from the roads before they cause crashes,” said Jeff Robinson, Vice President and spokesperson, MADD Central Okanagan Chapter.

In December 2012, the MADD Central Okanagan Chapter in partnership with the Kelowna RCMP successfully launched the first phase of the Campaign 911 program (RID 911) by placing cling-on stickers on RCMP cruisers.

This was followed up with twelve road signs promoting the call 9-1-1 message being installed in various locations throughout the community in April 2013.

Since then, from the statistics, it would seem that Kelowna residents are hearing the message loud and clear; reporting dangerous driving behaviours 193 more times in 2013 than the previous year.

“One year ago we stood together to launch this program hoping we could potentially save a life or prevent an injury – today we know we have. On behalf of Council I would like to thank the citizens who phoned in to report impaired drivers," said Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray.

Click here for more information on Campaign 911, including signs of a potential impaired driver.

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