Friday April 18, 2014

Mounties set up road blocks Saturday for Counter Attack

RCMP commissioner says keeping drunk drivers off roads a national priority

Christmas Counter Attack begins Saturday with Kamloops Mounties promising to be out in full force to nab drunk drivers.

At the road blocks will be officers from Central Interior Traffic Services, Central Interior Integrated Road Safety, Kamloops Detachment Traffic Unit, auxiliary officers and general duty officers.

Counter Attack coincides with national safe driving week, which runs Dec. 1-7.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has declared that deterring and apprehending drunk drivers is a national priority.

"Keeping impaired drivers off the road is an area I want us to prioritize this year. Enforcement and prevention through continued awareness and education will be key," he said in a press release.

Police offer the following tips:

* Decide ahead of time on a designated driver.

* Arrange for someone to come and pick you up.

* Make a call to Operation Red Nose.

* Stay at a friend's home, take a taxi, take a bus or walk home.

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