Drunk driver numbers down

BC's RCMP were on the roads for the first long weekend of the summer looking for drunk drivers.

Although they are happy to report there were no impaired-driving fatalities over the weekend, they did take 82 impaired drivers off the road between Friday night and Wednesday. 

Last week in an attempt to get the point across the RCMP teamed up with 23-year-old Alyssa Alanis, a victim of horrific crash in 2010 caused by a drunk driver, who pleaded with drivers and their passengers, to consider the consequences of their decision.

“Targeted police enforcement , the plea from Alyssa, and public responsibility around safe driving saved lives this Canada Day long weekend,” says Corporal Robert McDonald of BC RCMP Traffic Services.

The preliminary numbers indicate that RCMP found the following across the province:

  • 12 novice drivers (no alcohol permitted) were issued 12 hours suspension.
  • 20 drivers had their drivers licenses suspended for 24 hours due to alcohol consumption
  • 62 drivers provided samples in the warn range, resulting in 3 or 7 day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions
  • 77 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions were issued to drivers who failed the approved screening device or refused to provide a sample
  • 3 Drivers were charged with Criminal Code Impaired Driving by Alcohol
  • 2 Drivers were charged with Criminal Code Impaired Driving by Drugs
  • 11 drivers received drug related 24Hrs suspension.

McDonald says the numbers are positive compared to last year. In comparison, from June 27 to July 2, 2013, the RCMP Charged 186 Impaired Drivers.

“The lack of drug or alcohol-involved fatalities over the extended long weekend, shows that more and more drivers are making the right decisions. But one impaired driver on BC roads is one too many. The RCMP across BC will continue to CounterAttack road blocks all summer long, targeting drivers that continue to put you, me and our families at risk by choosing to drive after consuming alcohol and/or drugs,” said Cpl Mc Donald “E” Division Traffic Services.



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