Campaign against impaired driving starts Saturday

Prince George RCMP will be stepping up enforcement against driving while impaired heading into the holiday season.

The campaign against the offence will officially begin with National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day this Saturday and will run through the rest of the month, RCMP said Wednesday.

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"Another holiday season is upon us," said Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass. "Although this is not a typical season in many ways, impaired driving enforcement will be the same as usual. Our wish for every holiday season is that everyone arrives to his or her destination safely."

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 22 per cent of vehicle fatalities are related to impaired driving, resulting in an average of 67 deaths in B.C. every year.

Officers deploy a variety of tools to help them detect and apprehend impaired drivers, including approved screening devices, standard field sobriety testing, and drug recognition experts.

Anyone who sees an intoxicated person get behind the wheel or see a vehicle being driven in a dangerous or erratic manner is urged to call 911 immediately.

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