Coquitlam: Mounties are busy conducting CounterAttack roadchecks around Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra since its launch on June 27th. During the first two weeks of the CounterAttack campaign, the Coquitlam Mounties removed 12 drivers from the road who were under the influence, compared to 19 in 2013.
“We feel that most drivers are getting the message. But if you are one of those who still don’t get it, expect to come across a lot more CounterAttack roadchecks this summer”, said Cpl. Neil Roemer of Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services.
The officer said that in our patrolling area, we noticed a similar drop in the number of impaired-related fatalities. Despite the decrease, it’s unacceptable to have even one person killed as a result of impaired driving. Since impaired driving is completely preventable, we are using the summer CounterAttack campaign to educate drivers to make the right choices and not to drive drunk, added Roemer.
In 1976, the year before CounterAttack roadchecks started, there were more than 300 fatalities from impaired-related crashes in BC. After 35 years of CounterAttack, the number of fatalities fell to 73 in 2011.