Langley Times

Many get rides, while some others get caught

With one week under its nose, 192 safe rides were provided by more than 120 Operation Red Nose volunteers in Langley and Surrey. That adds up to more than 5,600 kilometres driven.

Dec. 1 was the start of the Christmas impaired driving campaign and the 35th anniversary of the CounterAttack program.

Langley RCMP were conducting CounterAttack roadblocks on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the 6000 block of the 204 Street overpass  in the late hours, said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

Among those stopped, a 45-year-old Langley man was pulled over at midnight and issued a 90-day roadside prohibitions and his vehicle impounded for 30 days after failing a breathalyzer test, said Marks.

Six drivers were caught drunk this weekend and given 90-day roadside prohibition.

“Rather than spending their hard-earned money on Christmas presents, they will be responsible for fines and fees to the tune of several thousand dollars. In addition, their vehicles have been impounded for 30 days,” said Marks.

On average, seven people are killed in B.C. in impaired-related crashed in December.

Langley RCMP also issued six three-day driving prohibitions to drivers. They will lose the use of their vehicles for that time and  also pay several hundred dollars in fines and reinstatement fees for their driver’s licenses.

Operation Red Nose (ORN) provides free rides to drivers and their passengers who are impaired or too tired to drive home during the holiday season.  Langley RCMP Operations Officer Inspector Stephan Drolet is volunteering as a driver this season.

“The success of Operation Red Nose is wholly dependent on the people who volunteer for the program. It’s a great way to give back to your community while helping to keep our roads safe over the holidays,” said Drolet.

In 2011, 4,276 dedicated volunteers across 12 B.C. communities drove 188,000 kms and gave 7,716 rides to get people and their vehicles home safely.

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