New Year’s Eve is a busy night on our roads with celebrations at bars, restaurants, loved ones’ homes and even outdoors.
ICBC and police are urging everyone to drive smart and make a plan before you begin your festivities to ensure you make it home safely.
On New Year’s Eve alone, one person is killed and 170 people are injured in 620 crashes. On Vancouver Island, there’s an average of 20 people are injured in about 80 crashes on this one day.
This New Year’s Eve and over the holidays, police are stepping up enforcement of impaired driving at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province.
Despite all of the progress that has been made over the last 40 years due to CounterAttack and tougher penalties, impaired driving still remains a top contributing factor for fatal crashes in B.C. These crashes also significantly contribute to the cost pressures on B.C. insurance rates.
If you’re hosting a party, prepare tasty non-alcoholic drinks and snacks for designated drivers. Encourage your guests not to drink and drive. There’s always at least one smart option to get home—like arranging a designated driver, setting money aside for a taxi, or taking transit.
If you’re the designated driver this New Year’s, you need to drive smart – use your defensive driving skills and pay attention to other vehicles on the roads. Crashes involving impaired drivers are more likely to occur in the evening and on weekends.