Dec 01, 2015 - SMASHED TRUCK A REMINDER OF HAZARDS OF DRUNK DRIVING AS VANCOUVER POLICE LAUNCH SEASONAL COUNTERATTACK


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’Tis the season to plan ahead for a safe ride home. Drivers are being reminded not to drive if they plan on having a bit of rum in their nog this holiday.

Vancouver police announced Tuesday the launch of their winter CounterAttack campaign with the help of a visual aid that shows what can happen when an impaired driver gets behind the wheel.

A black truck sat outside the VPD’s headquarters with its front end smashed in, the apparent aftermath of a drunk-driving crash.

“Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of crash fatalities in B.C.,” said Insp. Loris Zuccato of the VPD’s traffic unit. “We can all play a part in preventing these crashes by using a designated driver, taking transit, or calling a cab if you plan on consuming alcohol.”

Already, police — not just in Vancouver, but across B.C. — are out in full force, taking impaired drivers off the streets and reminding holiday revellers to plan ahead for a safe ride home.

While this was the first official day of the winter campaign, police earlier launched CounterAttack road checks across the region.

This past weekend, Vancouver police picked up 19 impaired drivers from various road checks. Another eight were stopped across the region after officers spotted erratic driving behaviour.

“We’ve made significant progress, but too many people are still losing their lives due to impaired driving,” said Justice Minister Suzanne Anton.

“CounterAttack remains a key part of our provincial enforcement strategy, and further reducing crashes involving alcohol and drugs makes our roads safer for British Columbians.”

During the month of December, an average of four people are killed in impairment-related crashes each year, according to ICBC.

Drivers are reminded to take a cab, call a friend, take transit or use Operation Red Nose to get home safely.

Source: The Province


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