CounterAttack efforts target boaters, designated drivers

Police in South Surrey and White Rock, with ICBC, will be focusing impaired-driving efforts on boaters and designated drivers.

Police on the Semiahmoo Peninsula are conducting a pair of CounterAttack efforts tomorrow (Saturday), in efforts to both curb impaired driving, and reward those who choose to be the evening’s designated driver.

Surrey RCMP and ICBC plan to head to the South Surrey waterfront in the morning, to encourage boaters to plan for a safe ride home.

In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, Cpl. Scotty Schumann said officers and members of the ICBC Road Safety team will be at the turn-off to Crescent Beach Marina – in the 12500-block of Crescent Road – from 8-9:30 a.m. Aug. 29 “conducting checks of boaters and educating them about the dangers of driving home while impaired.”

Police will also be handing out ‘Get Home Safe’ floating keyrings.

While people generally agree impaired driving is dangerous, some believe that fresh air from being on the open water is sobering, the release notes.

“No amount of coffee, cold showers or fresh air will make you sober – the only cure is time.”

Later Saturday, White Rock RCMP – also in partnership with ICBC – will take a “positive ticketing” approach to their road checks, by handing out coffee cards to motorists who have made the choice to stay sober for the night to ensure their family and friends get home safe.

Const. Shaileshni Molison said police will be targeting strategic areas of the seaside city, and are looking forward to rewarding designated drivers.


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