RCMP Launches CounterAttack Program
Prince George, B.C. – Don’t drink and drive.
It may seem like an old slogan but it’s still not getting through to some drivers.To hammer that point home the Prince George RCMP launched their CounterAttack program at the corner of Highway 16 and Highway 97 with a road check tonight.
“We’re into week three of our holiday road check campaign and we’ve had three impaired drivers stopped the first weekend and we had six impaired drivers stopped last weekend,” said Sgt. Matt LaBelle, NCO of the RCMP’s Traffic Services Section.
“It’s stuff like this where we stop traffic and we make contact with drivers and determine if they’re sober enough to drive. It’s stuff like this where we really hit the message home.”
“I do believe the majority of people in our community understand this, they get this,” added Supt. Warren Brown, officer in charge of the Prince George detachment. “So by doing this, we hope that we make our roads safer.”
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Morris was also hand tonight and said the numbers support Brown’s argument.
“We’ve brought our alcohol fatalities down because of our Immediate Roadside Prohibition program. It’s reduced alcohol related fatalities by over 50 per cent the last 10 years. But we still have a long ways to go.”
According to the provincial government impaired driving still costs 66 people their lives each year in British Columbia.
“So it’s events like this tonight that save lives, that reinforces the message that you don’t drink and drive. Take Operation Red Nose, take a cab, get a friend to drive you, do whatever you can but don’t drink and drive,” said Morris.