This year’s holiday season Police enforcement will kick off their Drinking Driving campaign on December 1. More than 125 RCMP and
municipal police officers, as well as members of the Integrated Road Safety units, will set up road-checks all over the lower mainland.
At “Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” we like to raise awareness about Operation Red Nose and other ways to get home safe this holiday season such as a taxi or Limo/car service such as Blacklane. Drinking and driving is a serious offence with potentially deadly consequences, so BC brought in stronger impaired driving legislation with a focus on increased enforcement, higher penalties and mandatory rehabilitation to deal with drunk drivers, but the best way to save lives is to not drive drunk in the first place.”Drunk drivers stopped at the road-checks or elsewhere face a range of penalties, including immediate 24-hour roadside suspensions and vehicle impoundment, 90-day driving prohibitions, criminal charges, fines, jail time, mandatory rehabilitation, and ignition interlock. ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium also came into effect January 2008, and will result in high-risk drivers paying hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars more each year.
“Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” has seen significant reductions in drinking and driving over the last three years we have been operating, thanks in part to the industry staff members working in bars and restaurants. But drinking and driving remains a serious concern as too many people are injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes during the holiday season.
In the last 30 years, B.C.’s population has increased by about 60 percent, but the number of alcohol-related deaths on B.C. roads has declined by more than half; however drinking and driving remains a serious problem in B.C., with 127 lives lost and approximately 3,400 people injured in alcohol-related crashes each year. Approximately 28 per cent of all motor vehicle fatalities were related to drinking and driving.