Five on the Fifth – Celebrating 40 years of Counter Attack


2017-12-05 08:03 PST

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1979 RCMP police vehicle

The number of impaired driving fatalities has dropped significantly since the Counter Attack campaign started in 1977. In the 1970s an average of more than 300 people died each year as a result of impaired driving. By 2017 that average had dropped to 65 people. That’s an 80% decrease, but it’s still not enough because impaired driving is 100% preventable. Planning ahead, stepping up as a designated driver, and using Operation Red Nose are some easy ways to eliminate impaired driving. Below are more tips and information to help you, your friends, your family and your community do your part for road safety during the holiday season and throughout the year.

  1. There’s no excuse, and there’s no escape. In 2016, Coquitlam Mounties took a total of 333 impaired drivers off the road and four local Mounties were appointed to Alexa’s Team in recognition of their success in removing at least 12 impaired drivers from the road. By the end of October 2017, local Mounties had already surpassed those 2016 benchmarks with a total of 421 impaired drivers caught and every member of the Traffic Services Section on pace to meet the threshold for Alexa’s Team. The message is simple: in this jurisdiction, impaired drivers get caught.
  2. There’s no excuse for not planning ahead. We know a lot more now about impaired driving than we did in 1977. For instance, impaired driving is one of the top three factors in driving fatalities in BC. Also, most impaired crashes happen on the weekend. And, most importantly, 100% of impaired crashes are preventable with a little planning. Make a plan: choose a designated driver, make room in your entertainment budget for cab fare, or spend some extra time and take transit. Just don’t get behind the wheel impaired. More info being the designated driver.
  3. Even if you don’t plan ahead, there’s no excuse. Sometimes the best laid plans just don’t work out. We get it. For those nights when you didn’t plan to drink, but you did anyway call 778-866-6673 and Operation Red Nose will get you and your car home safely. Operation Red Nose wasn’t around in 1977, but since December 1984 ORN has been helping holiday revelers and their vehicles get home safely. More info on Operation Red Nose.
  4. Drug impaired driving is just as dangerous as alcohol impaired driving. Marijuana doubles your chance for an accident. Drugs impair your ability to drive by affecting balance and coordination, motor skills, attention, judgment, reaction time, and decision making skills. Like alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving is 100% preventable.More on drug-impaired driving.
  5. You can help get impaired drivers off the road…by reporting them. In 1977 the only way to report a suspected impaired driver was to wait until you got home or to find a pay phone. Things have changed. If you suspect a driver is impaired, get the license plate number and vehicle description then pull over (or use hands-free in your vehicle) and call 9-1-1 immediately. More info on reporting crime.

Five on the fifth is an occasional series of five lesser known facts about well-known crime and safety issues. Five on the Fifth is compiled and released by the Coquitlam RCMP Communications and Public Affairs Team when the 5th of the month falls on a weekday. Follow #FiveOnTheFifth on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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