ICBC: Don't be a statistic this New Year's Eve

By Greg Fry
December 29, 2017 - 9:29am Updated: December 29, 2017 - 11:46am

KAMLOOPS — ICBC has released some chilling statistics for those intent on partying it up on New Year's Eve.

The public insurer says on that night alone, one person is killed and 170 people are injured in 620 crashes across the province. In the Southern Interior, an average of 20 people are injured in 80 crashes.

With these numbers in mind, ICBC and police are urging New Year's revellers to take the proper precautions if they plan on drinking, such as arranging a designated driver, setting money aside for a taxi, taking transit or using Operation Red Nose.

The agencies say if you don't take the aforementioned safety measures, and instead get behind the wheel, police will be waiting for you with roadblocks across the province.

"Making the wrong choice to drive while you're impaired could have tremendous impacts and consequences for not only your life but the lives of others," said Chief Constable Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Cheifs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. "We don't want to have to inform any families that they've lost their loved one this New Year's Eve."

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