B.C. Island District, B.C., Traffic Services

2017-12-01 13:30 PST

Police Services on Vancouver Island dedicate countless hours conducting road checks and impaired driving enforcement in our communities.

On December 2nd, Police from across Vancouver Island will be Lighting Up the Highway as they conduct coordinated Counter Attack road checks from Victoria to Port Hardy. The travelling public can expect to see police on Highways 1, 19 14, and 17 throughout the evening hours.

While much progress has been made, impaired driving is one of the leading causes of criminal death in Canada. On average, 65 people die every year in crashes involving impaired driving in British Columbia. Fifty seven percent of impaired crashes occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and 39 percent of all impaired-related crashes occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

On Vancouver Island, on average, 9 people are killed in impaired driving related crashes every year.
The Island District Traffic Services team participates in saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and other targeted enforcement throughout the year. Police experience firsthand the devastating emotional, mental and physical effects of impaired driving and are dedicated to removing these drivers from our roadways said Inspector Ward Johnson, the Officer in Charge of Island District Traffic Services.

This event on December 2nd, is part of a larger Provincial campaign where police and ICBC are urging drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home. If your holiday festivities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home says Colleen Woodger, local ICBC road safety coordinator. You have many options. Arrange for a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit.

Please, if you see an impaired driver on December 2nd or at any time, you are encouraged to call 911 to report your observations.


Released by:
Cpl. Scott Seutter
Sidney RCMP

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