Seasonal warnings from the RCMP

116 impaired drivers removed from the province’s roadways Dec. 4 thanks to Counterattack

There were 157 places where drivers were stopped across B.C. during a Counterattack blitz the evening of Dec. 4. The RCMP’s collective efforts, with ICBC and Operation Red Nose, resulted in over 24,000 vehicles being checked and 116 impaired drivers removed from the province’s roadways.

The blitz was highlighted throughout the night, as tweets told stories and showed images of vehicles being towed from police checks, across the province.  Not only was alcohol impairment a significant concern but drug impaired drivers were also removed from the road.

“These stats are a tragic reminder that some drivers are willing to put themselves and others at great risk; regardless of the consequences,” says Cpl. Ronda McEwen, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic Services.

“B.C. has some of the toughest impaired driving laws in Canada and police are dedicated to enforcing these laws; not only during December, but all year long and we need our communities to support our efforts,” said Superintendent Derek Cooke, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Traffic Services, “When you plan your festivities, plan your safe ride home too. Friends, colleagues and loved ones need to hold each other accountable and we encourage road users to call 911 when they suspect an impaired driver. Collectively, we can save lives this holiday season and make B.C. roads the safest in Canada,”

Police also remind motorists to keep all emergency and support crews safe by slowing down and moving over when they see flashing red, blue or yellow lights.