Have fun and plan responsibly, theme during December campaign against impaired driving
2021-12-01 16:15 PST
December marks the start of the Squamish RCMP campaign against impaired driving. The campaign includes enforcement plans on various dates and times throughout the month and drivers can anticipate increased police resources targeting impaired drivers.
The Criminal Code of Canada and Province of BC have specific laws that prohibit operating or having care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and/or drug. Impaired driving enforcement is a national, provincial, and local priority for the RCMP.
Every hour in Canada, about 10 criminal charges and provincial licence suspensions are issued for alcohol or drug-impaired driving. In BC, 65 people die yearly from impaired driving related crashes, with about half of those during holiday times on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Impaired driving is completely preventable.
Plan. Arranging transit, taxi, rideshare, or designated drivers will help keep festivities fun and responsible, and are the best alternatives to arriving home in a police car, says Corporal Angela Kermer of the Squamish RCMP.
We want people to have fun and get home safely as we wish those we serve, the Squamish community, a safe and happy holiday season.
Anyone with any information regarding any crime is asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to www.solvecrime.ca
For more information about prevention and consequences of impaired driving, go to the following websites: ICBC; RoadSafetyBC; and Consequences of Impaired Driving
Cpl. Angela KermerMedia Relations Officer
Sea to Sky RCMP
Cell: 604 848-4793
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