Celebrate, But Be Responsible
Prince George, B.C. – This July long weekend, RCMP and ICBC are reminding people that while it’s O.K. to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, make sure you have a plan to get home safely.
Every year in B.C., 180 people are injured, and one person dies in 640 crashes on Canada Day. 42 of those crashes happen in the North Central region, leaving six people hurt.
North District Traffic Services Sergeant Al Steinhauser says this being a special Canada Day, there will be plenty of celebrating “With it being Canada 150, we know that people will partake a little more than normal. We just ask that you be reasonable. Enjoy yourself, but still respect the laws and others who are out and about.”
There will be plenty of police presence this weekend to ensure those who are on the roadways are fit to drive says Sgt. Steinhauser “The Counter-Attack program is ongoing throughout the year, but we will be focusing in and around the recreational areas where we have a high tendency to locate individuals who have been partaking ( in drinking alcohol) throughout the day and then want to drive home”
He says alcohol and lots of sunshine can have an impact “It can creep up on you pretty fast, so plan your weekend, stay hydrated enjoy yourself, but be safe because you know, somebody definitely loves you and wants you to make it home.”
Each year in B.C., 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving and nearly half of those deaths happen during summer months.
If you plan to drink, leave your car at home. Sgt Steinhauser says there are safe alternativess “Arrange to have someone be your designated driver, call a taxi or take transit—there’s no excuse to drink and drive.”
I sincerely everyone takes this good advice and can enjoy the weekend celebrations unscathed.
Have a wonderful safe weekend everyone!
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