"On Canada Day alone, an average of three people are killed and 155 injured in 601 crashes every year in B.C. Two of these fatalities are people killed in crashes involving impaired driving." This is the opening sentence in today's press release from ICBC heralding the start of Summer CounterAttack in B.C. Slated to run from July 1 to 31 according to the RCMP in BC web site, this is the 36th year of the CounterAttack campaign in our province.
It makes you wonder about some drivers. I used to park my marked police car in the bar parking lot. At about midnight faces would appear at the door and take a quick peek. Oh! He's still there! The face would then disappear for a while and the process would repeat at intervals until the bar staff pushed everyone outside and locked the doors. Now there would be half a dozen patrons standing there looking at me and wondering what to do. Eventually one of them would be brave (or foolish) enough to get into their vehicle and leave the parking lot. While I dealt with them the others would quickly jump into their vehicles and flee.
The situation is very likely similar today. When I speak with currently serving officers, they tell me that it is not difficult to find an impaired driver still. What has changed is that the IRP has made it much more efficient to deal with them and the penalties are immediate. Hopefully the IRP will remain in effect and people will eventually learn that if you drink, don't drive, and if you drive, don't drink.