This Canada Day long weekend will see RCMP and ICBC teaming up to enforce stricter CounterAttack road checks across the province for impaired drivers. In B.C., an average of 1 person is killed and 190 are injured in 730 accidents due to impairment-related crashes on Canada Day. Every year, 65 people die in B.C. due to impaired driving. "We will continue to support enhanced enforcement programs like CounterAttack that identify and remove the wheel those who put other road users in danger," said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety in a press release.
"Drivers should know that tough, immediate sanctions for alcohol- and drug-affected riving remain in place and will only get tougher with the federal legalization of non-medical cannabis later this year." While RCMP and ICBC has been effectively combating impaired driving, the cause still remains the leading cause of criminal death in Canada and within top three contributing factors of fatal crashes in B.C. ICBC has been offering a special event permit kit for free on its website. The kits include items to encourage designated drivers to stay sober and for guests to find a safe ride home.
"Everyone has a role to play to make B.C. roads safer and we'll continue to invest in road safety to help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities," said Lindsay Matthews, acting vice-president responsible for road safety at ICBC. "Driving while impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is never worth the risk," said Chief Constable Neil Dubord. "Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of crash or arrest are significant and can last a lifetime. Police are out on B.C. roads looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack road checks this summer. BC is considered to have some of the toughest drinking laws in Canada. If caught while driving impaired can result in a driving suspension from 24 hours to 90 days, vehicle impoundment, fines from $600 to $4060, jail time, mandatory rehabilitation and/or installation of an ignition interlock device.