“Think of me”: If you’re planning on drinking this holiday season leave your car behind

B.C., Richmond

2021-12-15 11:36 PST

Richmond RCMP have joined ICBC, local Richmond elementary school students and Richmond BC Government Liquor Stores, as part of the Think of Me campaign. The Think of Me campaign involves students decorating liquor store paper bags with Get home Safe artwork and messages as an extra reminder to drivers during the Christmas season to not drink and drive.

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It’s been very challenging times. We wholeheartedly want people to enjoy the holidays and ensure everyone makes it home safely, says Corporal Dennis Hwang, Richmond RCMP Media Relations Officer. That said, our officers will be out in force checking drivers and conducting roadblocks. We greatly appreciate the additional help from our local elementary school students. Hopefully their beautiful artwork will be a reminder to plan ahead when consuming alcohol, says Cpl. Hwang. Wise choices include using a designated driver, public transit, taxi, or favorite ride sharing platform. If you drink, don’t drive. If you see an impaired driver, please contact your local police immediately adds Cpl. Hwang.

With more people choosing to attend holiday gatherings this year in alignment with public health orders, it’s important to remember if you drink don’t drive.

On average, 16 people are killed and 830 injured in 1,500 impaired driving related crashes in the Lower Mainland every year. More than half of impaired-related crashes occur on the weekend, which is why police and ICBC are reminding drivers to make smart decisions if their holiday festivities involve alcohol.

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Cpl. Dennis Hwang

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189

Email: richmond_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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