Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone teamed up with ICBC and Kamloops RCMP this week, to remind everyone that if your festivities include raising some glasses of holiday cheer, plan for a safe ride home ahead of time.
“Christmas is about spending quality time with family and friends, and we want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season,” said Stone. “If your plans include drinking alcohol, please ‘think before you drink’.
Make a plan for your evening, including arriving to your door safely.
There are many options available depending on where you live: arrange for a designated driver in your group, a sober friend or family member to pick you up, call a cab, take transit or call Operation Red Nose if they service your area, or arrange for accommodation where the party is held.
On Dec. 1, the B.C. government, ICBC, and police launched the annual CounterAttack campaign, which sets up roadchecks throughout the month. Police throughout the province are looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks this holiday season.
“Kamloops RCMP officers have seen the terrible consequences of impaired driving. Drivers are risking their life and the lives of others when they drive impaired, and the ripple effect that can occur for family and friends is huge,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, media relations officer, Kamloops RCMP. “As well, RCMP officers trained as drug recognition experts will be working this holiday season. A person who is found to be impaired by drugs while driving is subject to criminal charges. Stay safe this holiday season and plan in advance for a safe way home.”
While much progress has been made over the years, impaired driving is still one of the top three contributing factors for fatal crashes in B.C.
Throughout B.C., on average, 66 lives are lost each year due to people driving under the influence. In the southern interior, 23 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving each year.
ICBC is helping to prevent impaired driving this holiday season with an education campaign, funding for CounterAttack roadchecks and get home safe promotion with businesses, sports facilities and community groups.