Drivers have plenty of excuses why they chose to drive after drinking.
During the summer months, one person is killed every three days in impaired-related crashes in B.C. Thatâ€™s why the B.C. government, ICBC and police will be kicking off the CounterAttack campaign on July 1.
No matter the event or location, arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen significant reductions in alcohol-related fatalities in B.C. since we introduced tougher legislation â€“ and in addition, we have hundreds of officers trained to assess drug impairment and remove drugged drivers from our roads immediately,â€ said Suzanne Anton, attorney general and minister of justice. â€œBut some people still arenâ€™t taking the issue seriously. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™ll continue to support enhanced enforcement to intercept those who put other road users in danger.â€
With so many options to get home safely, there is no excuse to drive while impaired. But some drivers still arenâ€™t getting the message â€“ here are the top excuses given by impaired drivers to police at CounterAttack roadchecks:
â€¢ â€œMy girlfriend was too drunk to make it home from the bar, so Iâ€™m going to pick her up.â€
â€¢ â€œIâ€™m an idiot!â€
â€¢ â€œBut I have a driverâ€™s licence, no one else had a driverâ€™s licence!â€
â€¢ â€œI donâ€™t feel drunk!â€
â€¢ â€œIâ€™m only two blocks from home.â€
â€¢ â€œMom told me to bring the truck home.â€
â€¢ â€œI had to pick up my husband.â€
ICBC supports CounterAttack with funding for enhanced police enforcement and an education campaign which promotes the use of designated drivers.
â€œToo many families are suffering from the tragic loss of a loved one in an impaired related crash,â€ said Todd Stone, minister of transportation and infrastructure. â€œHelp keep your loved ones safe on our roads by making sure you have a plan to get home safely before you head out.â€
â€¢ In B.C., an average of 42 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year. Thatâ€™s one person killed every three days.
â€¢ In the Lower Mainland, an average of 10 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year.
* Five year average from June to September. Fatal victim counts are from police data (2009 to 2013); crashes and injured victim counts are from ICBC data (2009 to 2013). Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.
Canada Day statistics:**
â€¢ Every Canada Day, an average of 164 people are injured in 603 crashes throughout B.C.
â€¢ Every Canada Day, an average of 115 people are injured in 370 crashes in the Lower Mainland.
**July 1 (Canada Day) is calculated from (00:00) to (midnight) including incidents where the time was not reported. Five-year average from police data (2009 to 2013).
â€œDriving while impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is never worth the risk,â€ said Chief Officer Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. â€œNot only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or arrest are significant and can last a lifetime. Police across B.C. will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks this summer.â€