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Summer CounterAttack roadchecks on now

June 26, 2014


Today, the B.C. government, police and ICBC kicked off this summer’s CounterAttack campaign with a roadcheck to warn drivers that police are out looking for impaired drivers across the province.

In B.C., an average of 44 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.* On Canada Day alone, an average of two people are killed in impaired related crashes in B.C.**

Whether you’re golfing, boating or going to a BBQ with friends, plan ahead for a safe ride home this Canada Day and all summer long – arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit.

“The tough approach we introduced in 2010 has helped curtail drinking and driving and cut the alcohol-related death toll on our roads by more than half,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “However, we know some people still don’t take the issue seriously. That’s why we’re ensuring an additional $1 million is available to police for enhanced enforcement overtime, such as CounterAttack. Targeted enforcement remains critical to intercepting those who continue to put other road users in danger.”

“Too many lives are needlessly lost on our roads as a result of impaired driving,” said Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These are preventable tragedies and we want to help keep you and your loved ones safe on our roads. If any of your activities involve alcohol this summer, please make a plan to get home safely ahead of time.”

“We see the devastating results of impaired driving all too often which is why we’re committed to keeping impaired drivers off our roads,” said Inspector Ted Emanuels, “E” Division Traffic Services, RCMP. “Police all across B.C. will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks.”

ICBC supports CounterAttack with funding for enhanced police enforcement and an education campaign which also promotes the use of designated drivers at venues where alcohol is served to make B.C.’s roads safer for everyone.

“As you make plans with friends and family to enjoy the warm weather this summer, we’re asking you to also plan a safe ride home,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Share the responsibility of being the designated driver. Ask yourself whether it’s your turn to get your loved ones home safely.”

For more tips and information on the summer CounterAttack campaign, visit icbc.com.

Regional summer impaired driving statistics*:

  • In the Lower Mainland, an average of 10 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.
  • On Vancouver Island, an average of seven people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.
  • In the Southern Interior, an average of 14 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.
  • In North Central B.C., an average of 14 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.

Regional Canada Day statistics***:

  • On Canada Day alone, an average of 114 people are injured in 369 crashes every year in the Lower Mainland.
  • On Canada Day alone, an average of 22 people are injured in 97 crashes every year in the Southern Interior.
  • On Canada Day alone, an average of 19 people are injured in 90 crashes every year on Vancouver Island.
  • On Canada Day alone, an average of 7 people are injured in 37 crashes every year in North Central B.C.

* Five year average from June to September. Fatal victim counts are from police data (2008 to 2012); crashes and injured victim counts are from ICBC data (2009 to 2013). Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.

** Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines. Fatal victim counts are from police data (2008 to 2012); crashes and injured victim counts are from ICBC data (2009 to 2013).

***Note these statistics are not specific to impaired driving. Fatal victim counts are from police data (2008 to 2012); crashes and injured victim counts are from ICBC data (2009 to 2013).

Media contact:
Lindsay Olsen
604-982-4759