Christmas CounterAttack campaign launches in Burnaby this weekend

Burnaby

2017-12-01 11:33 PST

CounterAttack sign and police car

Because of one person’s bad decision to drink and drive, so many lives are changed forever, says Markita Kaulius. Markita’s 22 year old daughter Kassandra died in 2011 when her car was hit by a vehicle being driven by an impaired driver. People need to make a decision on how they plan to get home before they begin drinking because deaths due to impaired driving are 100% preventable, says Markita. We hope that people will make the right choice this holiday season because everyone deserves the right to get home safely.

On Saturday December 2nd, Burnaby RCMP will be Lighting Up the Highway, conducting CounterAttack road checks around the city in coordination with other police agencies in British Columbia. There’s usually more temptation around the Christmas period to drive impaired and we want drivers to get the message that if you’re driving impaired in the City of Burnaby, you will be caught, says Corporal Daniela Panesar of Burnaby RCMP.

This is the 40th year of CounterAttack and according to ICBC’s Tom Webster, while public attitudes are changing there’s still more work that needs to be done. Thanks to police, community partners, volunteers and drivers, we’ve seen public attitudes towards drinking and driving change with 40 years of CounterAttack, says Tom Webster, local ICBC Road Safety Coordinator. But there’s still more work to be done. If your holiday festivities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home. Please arrange a designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose where available.

On average, 65 people die every year in crashes involving impaired drivers in B.C. Most of these crashes occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

There will be a media availability at a CounterAttack road check in Burnaby at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday December 2nd with the Officer in Charge of E-Division Traffic Services, Superintendent Davis Wendell and Markita Kaulius. Media wishing to attend are asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP media line at 604 646 9900 for further details.
 

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Cpl. Daniela Panesar

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby Detachment
burnaby.rcmp.ca
6355 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC
Office: 604-646-9900
Fax: 604-646-9704

Email: BURNABY_RCMP_MEDIA

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