The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) have pulled over 100 drivers off the roads in just three weeks, as part of a campaign targeting impaired drivers.
According to a release, the VPD have pulled 101 impaired drivers off the road since the beginning of their annual winter CounterAttack campaign, which began November 29, 2019. Of the 101 impaired driving investigations, the majority had their vehicles impounded for up to 30 days because of their impairment.
While the holidays are a time for celebration, the VPD reminds drivers to find alternative methods of transportation if they plan on drinking or taking drugs.
“The holiday season is full of celebrations and we want people to enjoy themselves,” said VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin in a news release.
“Plan ahead if you are drinking or using drugs to ensure you have a safe way of getting home.”
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CounterAttack road blocks are a partnership between VPD and the Insurance Corporation of B.C., with a mandate “to promote safe driving and take impaired motorists off the road.”
“Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in BC, and it is entirely preventable,” said the release from VPD.
“If you choose to drink and drive, you could lose your licence and your car, or worse, kill yourself or someone else,” says Const. Visintin.
The city also recently rolled out an awareness campaign at 35 EasyPark lots, to encourage impaired individuals to leave their car parked overnight and choose an alternative way home.
In most city-owned lots, residents can extend their overnight parking until 6 pm the next day. For most of the city’s on-street parking, cars can be parked until 11 am the next day.
“In the interest of public safety the City of Vancouver is pleased to be working together with MADD and Preventable to promote the many responsible transportation choices available in Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart.
“Awareness of these safe options, including overnight parking, helps ensure everyone gets home this holiday season.”
With files from Eric Zimmer