CounterAttack takes 13 off Langley roads

Langley RCMP officers are continuing their Christmas CounterAttack campaign, and handed out 13 driving prohibitions last weekend alone.

After being pulled over, 10 drivers were given immediate 90-day roadside prohibitions, and will now face fines and fees “to the tune of several thousand dollars,” and the 30-day impoundment of the vehicles they were driving, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

Another three drivers were given three-day prohibitions that also come with hundreds in fines and fees.

Marks reminded everyone that new drivers, who have the green N on the back of their vehicles, are not allowed to have any alcohol in their systems at all.

The Langley RCMP is planning to do more CounterAttack road checks over the coming weeks through the Christmas and New Years season.

ICBC is also reminding drivers that there are other safe ways to get home.

“We want everyone to enjoy a safe holiday season so make sure you plan for a safe ride home before you head out,” said Hilary Matheson, local ICBC road safety coordinator. “Arrange a designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or use Operation Red Nose. Take your turn as the designated driver over the holidays to help your friends and family get home safely.”

While the RCMP’s general duty officers and Traffic Section are always keeping an eye out for drunk drivers, they are also still cracking down on distracted and unsafe driving of all kinds.

On Tuesday, officers were out at on 199A Street near 96th Avenue just south of the Golden Ears Bridge. Drivers were being pulled over for not wearing seat belts or for driving while using cellphones, among other infractions.

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