It’s an annual tradition around the Christmas and New Year’s period.
Police have started their Counter Attack road checks in the North Okanagan, looking for impaired drivers throughout the holiday season.
“For the month of December and beyond, the Vernon North Okanagan detachment, North Okanagan Traffic Services and the Integrated Road Safety Unit will be out conducting enhanced enforcement and Counter Attack road checks looking for impaired drivers throughout the North Okanagan,” says Cst. Kelly Brett, media relations officer for the Vernon RCMP.
Brett recommends people plan ahead, saying there is no excuse to drink and drive.
“If your holiday festivities include alcohol, please arrange for a designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose where available. Let’s all do our part for a safe holiday season.”
Brett says impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries, with immense costs and devastating effects to our communities.
“The number of people killed in impaired-related crashes each year has significantly dropped with 40 years of Counterattack, but impaired driving remains a top contributing factor in B.C.”