Campaign Against Impaired Driving: Open Checkpoints from Chilliwack to West Vancouver – BC
The BC RCMP and ICBC have partnered to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving.
Checkpoints will be in place beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Highway 1 exits from Chilliwack to West Vancouver.
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Traffic stops on the Saturday night freeway have been dubbed « Light Up the Freeway ». Police said drivers should expect delays along Highway 1 in the Lower Mainland.
The two organizations said the event is in conjunction with National Impaired Driving Awareness Day, where roadside checks are put in place across the country.
« Impaired driving is entirely preventable if drivers make good decisions before and after consuming alcohol and/or drugs, » said Chief Superintendent Holly Turton.
“It is imperative that drivers plan their return trip safely before they start using impaired substances. In order to get this message across, the public can expect to see an increased police presence and a crackdown on impaired driving throughout December.
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« If your holiday festivities involve alcohol, plan ahead to get home safely. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive, » ICBC staff said.
« Use a designated driver, call a taxi, carpool or take public transit. »
The BC Association of Chiefs of Police and ICBC marked December with a month-long anti-impaired driving campaign, as it is one of the peak for impaired driving.
On average, 64 people die each year in crashes involving impaired driving, according to ICBC.
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