NEWS RELEASE · 22nd November 2012
The Terrace RCMP issued seven Immediate Roadside Suspension this weekend. This brings the total number of drunk drivers to 121 this year in Terrace.
With the holiday season approaching the RCMP will be taking action, beginning the "Christmas Counter Attack" on December 1st.
"The Pacific Region Highway Services Unit are going to be working closely with the Terrace Detachment enforcing the rules of the road this holiday season, with a primary focus of targeting impaired drivers. Drinking and driving is a criminal offense for which there is zero tolerance," says Sgt Pamela Scott, of the Pacific Region Highway Services.
The drinking driver is the problem and the Terrace RCMP want everyone to be part of the solution. You can help by following these guidelines:
- never drive after even one drink.
- never be the passenger of a driver who has had more than one drink (remember
in alcohol related accidents, 75% of the dead and injured are in the drinking driversí car)
- always drive defensively. More drinking drivers are on the road at night and on weekends so take extra caution.
- report drinking drivers to the police with accurate information on color/type of vehicle, licence number, location and direction in which the impaired driver was headed. (10% to 15% of all impaired charges are the result of citizen action.
Before you go out plan for a safe homecoming by following these tips:
- organize a designated driver program with your friends and family
- discuss a plan with your family that, should you really need a ride, they will provide it - no questions asked. And return that favor some day.
- Plan to take the bus. Find out when the last run is, in case youíre going to be late.
- Keep absolute emergency taxi money in a secret place at your home. Donít spend it for any other reason. Replace it when itís gone.
- Arrange in advance to stay overnight. Your host does have a responsibility.
- Stay sober yourself, and provide safe transportation for your friends.