Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Counterattack program underway across Northwest BC

The annual Counterattack program had its launch over the weekend, some recent instances of the roadside checks around Prince Rupert having been chronicled on some the social media feeds in the region over the last few days.

That as members of the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP join detachments across the province in the month long campaign.

The program which looks to keep impaired drivers off the roads is a partnership between the RCMP and ICBC and was officially launched at the end of November, with this past weekend making for the first of the ongoing roadside check stops province wide. 

Mike Farnworth, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in BC highlighted the dangers of impaired driving and the warning that the Roadside program brings to the season.

"Driving impaired after drinking alcohol is dangerous and a crime. Unfortunately, there are still those willing to take a chance with their own lives, the lives of their passengers and the lives of other road users. If you have consumed alcohol – stay off our roads. If you instead choose to put yourself and others at risk, consider yourself warned: the police are out there with stepped-up enforcement."

The Prince Rupert RCMP noted the start of the program through their Social Media page.

More on the Road check program and further information from ICBC can be found here.

The details towards enforcement of the impaired laws can be examined here.

Further notes on the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest can be explored here.

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