At least 44 motorists nabbed in 3-day blitz targeting impaired drivers in Vancouver

Jul 24 2019, 5:55 pm

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is revving up enforcement against impaired drivers this summer.

During a three-day CounterAttack blitz last weekend, the VPD gave 350 drivers roadside tests, resulting in 44 license suspensions, and 35 vehicle impoundments for alcohol and drug impairment.

These CounterAttack road blocks will continue throughout the summer, and drivers could be stopped at any time, in any place, warn police.

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“There is no excuse to drive drunk or stoned. If you try to get away with it, chances are you’ll get caught,” said Constable Steve Addison, VPD, in a press release.

“Make a plan to get home safely, and if you’re planning to drink or consume marijuana, leave the keys at home,” Addison continued.

CounterAttack road blocks are a partnership between the VPD, and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), 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, despite it being entirely preventable.

“We encourage people to go out, have fun, and enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer,” said Constable Steve Addison.

“But if your plans involve alcohol or drugs, arrange for a designated driver, call a cab, or jump on transit.”

Anyone who suspects an impaired driver should call 9-1-1- immediately.

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