Vernon RCMP team up with BC Highway Patrol for return of seasonal CounterAttack road checks

CounterAttack is back

RCMP will be out in full force this weekend in the North Okanagan to kick off the annual CounterAttack drunk driving campaign.

Saturday is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

Vernon RCMP and the BC Highway Patrol based out of Falkland will be teaming up all month in a joint effort aimed at reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Officers will be conducting check-stops along with alcohol screening, field sobriety tests, and drug recognition as needed to detect and remove impaired drivers.

The public is encouraged to make responsible choices and keep roads safe.

“Obviously, with the changes to the public health order, there will be more opportunities to gather during this holiday season,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

“Tragically, too many people are injured or killed in preventable alcohol or drug-related collisions each year. We want everyone to keep the season festive and fun, and if you are going to drink alcohol or consume cannabis, please arrange in advance for a safe ride home.”

Police say they will have zero tolerance for those who choose to take the risk and drive under the influence.

For a list of the penalties associated with impaired driving, click here.

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