VPD Warning Motorists Against Drinking And Driving As They Step Up Summer Enforcement

Surrey RCMP Also Step Up Counterattack Efforts This Weekend

More than 350 drivers received roadside drug and alcohol tests during a three-day CounterAttack blitz last weekend, resulting in 44 license suspensions and 35 vehicle impoundments for alcohol and drug impairment.

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Police are revving up enforcement against impaired drivers, and remind all motorists to think ahead and plan a safe ride home.

More than 350 drivers received roadside drug and alcohol tests during a three-day CounterAttack blitz last weekend, resulting in 44 license suspensions and 35 vehicle impoundments for alcohol and drug impairment.

CounterAttack road blocks will continue throughout the summer, and police remind drivers they could be stopped at any time, in any place.

“There is no excuse to drive drunk or stoned. If you try to get away with it, chances are you’ll get caught,” says Constable Steve Addison, VPD. “Make a plan to get home safely, and if you’re planning to drink or consume marijuana, leave the keys at home.”

CounterAttack road blocks are a partnership between VPD and the Insurance Corporation of B.C., with a mandate to promote safe driving and take impaired motorists off the road.  Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in B.C., and it is entirely preventable.

“We encourage people to go out, have fun, and enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer,” says Constable Addison. “But if your plans involve alcohol or drugs, arrange for a designated driver, call a cab, or jump on transit.”

Anyone who suspects an impaired driver should call 9-1-1- immediately.

SURREY COUNTER-ATTACK THIS WEEKEND!

Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Section will also be engaged in CounterAttack enforcement efforts this weekend in support of ICBC’s provincial impaired driving campaign.

Officers from Surrey RCMP Traffic Services will be conducting roadside checks specifically targeting impaired drivers who are putting themselves and others on the road at risk. 

 “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs remains a leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in BC,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko. ““BC has some of the toughest impaired driving laws and if you are caught driving while impaired you could face penalties ranging from driving suspensions and vehicle impoundments to serious fines and criminal charges.” 

If you witness a suspected impaired driver, pull over when safe to do so and call police immediately. Try and provide as much information about the vehicle, driver, and vehicle direction of travel and what activity your observed.

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