As we celebrate Canada’s 150th year anniversary this weekend and kick off the summer season, ICBC and police are urging drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home if any of your activities this summer involve alcohol.
Each year in B.C., 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving and nearly half of those deaths happen during summer months. On Canada Day, 180 people are injured and one person is killed in 640 crashes every year in B.C.
If you plan to drink, leave your car at home. With many options available – like arranging a designated driver, calling a taxi or taking transit—there’s no excuse to drink and drive.
If you’re hosting a celebration this summer and plan to serve alcohol, a new ICBC special event permit kit is free to order on icbc.com. It’ll also be featured if you apply for an event liquor permit on BCLiquorStores.com. The kits includes items to encourage guests to not drink if they’re the designated driver or find a safe ride home.
Starting this long weekend, police are stepping up their enforcement of impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks throughout B.C. ICBC road safety and community coordinators are also increasing public education at community events throughout the province.
ICBC supports two impaired driving education campaigns every year as well as funding for CounterAttack enhanced police enforcement.