Police beginning summer CounterAttack campaign this weekend

A CounterAttack roadside check. Photo by ICBC

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC and police forces across the province are stepping up CounterAttack roadchecks and other awareness activities starting this weekend.

According to ICBC statistics, 46 percent of impaired driving-related deaths occur between June and September. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks throughout BC. Impaired driving remains the third-leading cause of fatal crashes in the province after distracted driving and speeding according to Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

Despite progress since the province introduced Canada’s toughest impaired-driving penalties in 2010, an average of one person is killed and 230 are injured province-wide on Canada Day. North Central BC sees an average of 21 impaired driving fatalities every year, the same number as in the Lower Mainland. Last year alone, 5 people were injured in 56 crashes in the North Central region on Canada Day.

An ICBC inforgraphic of impaired driving statistics in BC.
An ICBC inforgraphic of impaired driving statistics in BC.