July 2, 2014 3:30 pm

Drunk drivers still being taken off the road in the Lower Mainland

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Vancouver Police say the public is not getting the message about drinking and driving.

Police say despite an average of 10 people killed every summer in drunk driving crashes in the Lower Mainland — police are still pulling impaired drivers off the road.

Over the weekend, Vancouver Police gave 298 roadside tests and took 59 impaired drivers off the road in the summer’s first Counter Attack program.

Here’s a breakdown of the full results:

  • 11 Immediate Roadside Suspensions (IRP) “fail” sanctions
  •  3  IRP refusal
  • 25 IRP “warn” sanctions
  • 11 24-hour prohibitions for impairment by alcohol
  •  3  24-hour prohibition for impairment by drugs
  •  6  12-hour prohibitions

“Fortunately, these drivers were taken off the road before their decision to get behind the wheel may have resulted in tragic consequences,” says Cst. Brian Montague.

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VPD Drinking Driving Counterattack. Vancouver Police administered 298 roadside tests and removed 59 impaired drivers off the road during the first weekend of this year’s summer Counter Attack campaign

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