Impaired Driving is an offence no matter what time of year

Coquitlam

2020-11-30 09:02 PST

Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is illegal and remains a top contributing factor of crash fatalities in British Columbia. Coquitlam RCMP is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to get you home safe.

Covid-19 has changed many events including the way people can celebrate. If you are heading out over the holidays, the best way to prevent impaired driving is to make plans ahead of time. Please make alternative arrangements if you plan to consume anything that impairs your driving ability, says Constable Deanna Law with the Coquitlam RCMP. Plans may include choosing a designated driver, using transit, calling a taxi, or rideshare. Take the necessary precautions to ensure you and others sharing the roadway arrive alive to your destination.

The Provincial CounterAttack impaired driving campaign starts December 1, 2020. The month-long campaign will have traffic units and detachments implementing enforcement on various dates throughout the month. Impaired drivers could be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada, or the B.C Motor Vehicle Act.

Driving after using drugs, even prescription drugs, can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Police have tools to determine if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you witness a suspected impaired driver, call your local police as soon as it is safe to do so. Provide police with as much information about the vehicle (make, model, and license plate), the driver’s (physical description), the vehicles direction of travel and any activity that you observed (swerving, speed, weaving off the road). To reach the Coquitlam non-emergency line, please call 604-945-1550.

Released by:
Cst. Deanna Law
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
604-945-1580

 

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Coquitlam RCMP Media Relations

Office: (604) 945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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