1204 - Have you had anything to drink? Expect to hear this familiar phrase many times over as the Winter Counter-attack impaired driving campaign officially kicked off Sunday Dec. 1 and runs for the month.
The long hours officers
spend roadside on freezing December nights are for one reason, and for one reason only- to stop impaired drivers. On average 68 lives are lost to impaired driving crashes every year in BC. For this reason, impaired driving enforcement is not only a local priority
but a national one also.
Each weekend, on any road or highway within our jurisdiction, expect to see a road check. The road check may delay you a few minutes but please, have some patience as officers are there to protect you. Don't make that conscious
decision to drive while impaired. It's just not worth it and may cost you, not only your license, but your life or someone else’s, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Expect officers to not only be looking for drivers who have over-consumed
alcohol but those who have recently smoked cannabis, and laws pertaining to consumption and possession will be enforced.
Here are some tips to think about if you are heading out for the evening and you plan on consuming alcohol:
you plan to drink, leave your car at home
- Line up a designated driver for the evening
- Consider car pooling
- Take a taxi, public transportation or a community sober ride option
Remember, if you suspect someone
is driving while impaired, call 911 immediately. If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road, and when safe to do so, provide the license plate of the vehicle, direction of travel and vehicle description.