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.