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While police are always on the lookout for impaired drivers, RCMP officers across the province will be stepping up their enforcement efforts this month.
July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign, which means you’ll see an increased police presence on highways across British Columbia.
Impairment applies to more than just alcohol impairment – it also means impairment by illegal drugs or prescription medication.
In BC, an average of 65 people are killed every year in collisions where alcohol, drugs or medications were contributing factors.
“Too often our officers are put in the position of having to notify a family that they have lost a loved one due to an impaired driving collision,” says Chief Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer in Charge of BC Highway Patrol.
“We want people to enjoy the summer but we also want people to make good decisions. If you do drive, please make it a habit to drive sober every time you get behind the wheel to help make our highways safer together.”
Officers are asking motorists to drive safely and obey the directions of officers at any check-stop during this enhanced enforcement campaign.