B.C. RCMP Traffic Services says 116 impaired drivers were taken off the road through over 24,000 road checks on Friday night. The work was a combined effort of Operation Red Nose, Traffic Services, and ICBC.
“I have no doubt that coordinated police efforts such as this save lives and reduce crime and needless tragedy,” says Cpl. Ronda McEwen, spokesperson for B.C. RCMP Traffic Services.
Tweets told stories and showed images that night of vehicles being towed from police checks, across the province. RCMP units from Coquitlam, the Okanagan, and Burnaby all posted updates about the night on Twitter.
— Cst Andy DUNSTAN (@CRDIRSU) December 5, 2015
Not only was alcohol impairment a significant concern, but drug impaired drivers were also removed from the road.
“B.C. has some of the toughest impaired driving laws in Canada and police are dedicated to enforcing these laws; not only during December, but all year long and we need our communities to support our efforts, said Superintendent Derek Cooke, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Traffic Services.
“When you plan your festivities, plan your safe ride home too.”
B.C. RCMP Traffic Services also reminds motorists to keep all emergency and support crews safe by slowing down and moving over when they see flashing red, blue or yellow lights.