Cracking down on impaired operators on both land and water


2021-08-27 09:48 PDT

The Richmond RCMP in partnership with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the City of Richmond will be conducting a joint initiative at the McDonald Boat Launch on August 28, 2021, to increase awareness, prevention and enforcement associated to Boating safety and Impaired driving.

On average, 17 people are killed and 750 injured in 1,300 impaired driving related crashes in the Lower Mainland every year which is why Richmond RCMP and ICBC are joining together to remind drivers that police are watching for those who attempt to drive while impaired.

When you drink and drive, you not only risk your life but those of others on the road. If your summer activities involve alcohol, you need to plan ahead to get home safely. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. Use a designated driver, call a taxi or rideshare, or take transit.

As part of this joint operation, Richmond RCMP officers from the Community Engagement Team, Vancouver International Airport, Traffic Enforcement Unit and Richmond RCMP boat, the Fraser Guardian, will be at McDonald Beach throughout the day.

While keeping our roadways safe through enforcement is an extremely important part of our job,says Corporal Adriana O’Malley, Richmond RCMP Media Relations Unit, Education aimed at prevention is hugely valuable, and is aimed at changing behaviours before something bad happens. By working with our partner agency, ICBC, this operation allows us to do both enforcement and education simultaneously.

As part of this operation, media will have access to the RCMP Fraser Guardian, and ICBC crash car. This will take place between 9:00 and 10:00 am on August 28, 2021 in the parking lot of McDonald Beach.

ICBC and police across the province are encouraging drivers to be responsible, and police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks throughout the summer.

Released by

Cpl. Ian Henderson

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-4747
Cell: 604-765-4528


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