The Vancouver Police Department and police officers throughout BC are out again in full force, taking impaired drivers off the streets and encouraging everyone throughout the holiday season to plan a safe ride home, before they have their first drink.

Today marks the official launch of the winter Counter Attack campaign, but police have already been out at Counter Attack road checks. The goal of those officers looking for impaired drivers is to help make sure your family makes it safely home.

The decision to drink and get behind the wheel may have tragic consequences. If you choose to drink and drive, you could lose your license and your car, or worse — kill yourself or someone else.

This past weekend, the Vancouver Police took 19 impaired drivers off the road at Counter Attack locations. Another eight were stopped in various locations around the city by patrol officers who observed erratic driving behaviour.

“Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of crash fatalities in BC,” says Inspector Loris Zuccato of the VPD’s Traffic Section. “We can all play a part in preventing these crashes by using a designated driver, taking transit, or calling a cab if you plan on consuming alcohol.”