The BC Highway Patrol is gearing up for the Christmas party and driving season.
"With the holiday season quickly approaching, the BC Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists to drive safely. Please plan ahead and make arrangements for a safe trip home after partaking in holiday season festivities.
"Impaired, driving related collisions are extremely devastating to all involved and are also the most preventable," says BC Highway Patrol, Const. James Ward.
The RCMP's annual Counter-Attack campaign which will involve road-checks and heightened impaired driving enforcement, starts in December.
This year, in addition to checking for alcohol use, officers will also be checking for cannabis or drug use including prescription drugs. "Alcohol is not the only substance which can cause impairment," says Const. Ward.
RCMP will be setting up a roadblock on Lakeshore Rd. on December 3, 2022 before breaking off into smaller groups in order to conduct random safety checks throughout Kelowna and Lake Country, Saturday night.
Penalties for impaired operation of a motor vehicle range from 12-hour driving prohibitions to Criminal Code charges and vehicle impoundments.
"Please for everyone’s safety, don’t drive after consuming intoxicants. If in doubt, call a friend, family member or a taxi. Plan ahead and arrive safe," says Const. Ward.