Police ramping up impaired-driving enforcement for summer

CounterAttack now rolling

The BC RCMP says it is stepping up impaired driving enforcement amid easing COVID-19 restrictions. 

Police across the province announced Tuesday the launch of the summer CounterAttack program. In BC, an average of 67 people are killed every year in crashes where alcohol, drugs or medications were contributing factors.

“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 Supt. Holly Turton 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.”

Police are reminding the public that the pandemic “is not an excuse to disregard the law” and there will be times where officers have to encroach on personal space to fulfill their duties. 

“COVID-19 does not exempt anyone from complying with a lawful demand, nor will it prevent our officers from performing their duties as required,” Turton said.

ICBC says impaired driving remains the leading cause of criminal death in Canada and in the top three contributing factors for fatal crashes in B.C.

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