The Delta Police Department has won a Top 5 Award for impaired driving enforcement in the Lower Mainland.
Last week the MADD Metro Vancouver Chapter announced the results of its second “Top 5” award to Lower Mainland police departments and RCMP detachments for their exceptional work in impaired driving enforcement.
The winning jurisdictions and their respective scores are:
West Vancouver – 100
New Westminster – 89
Port Moody – 66
Delta – 62
Langley - 60
The “Top 5” awards examined public data for criminal charges and roadside administrative actions from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2022, for 13 Lower Mainland municipal police jurisdictions and RCMP detachments. This data was then compared against the population for each jurisdiction to create a comparable, relative measure of enforcement per number of residents.
“I’m proud of Delta Police’s recognition as one of the top five police agencies for impaired driving enforcement in the Lower Mainland,” said Chief Neil Dubord. “This achievement highlights our frontline officers’ unwavering commitment to safer roads for our community. Each impaired driver removed from our streets represents a tragedy prevented. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the MADD Metro Vancouver Chapter for this acknowledgment.
“As summer continues and we approach long weekends, I urge everyone to plan a safe ride home if drinking is part of their plans. We all have a collective role to play in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community.”
In the coming weeks, MADD Metro Vancouver Chapter volunteers will present award certificates to the Top 5 detachments.
“We are really encouraged to see some jurisdictions maintain vigorous enforcement,” said Erik Rutherford, a MADD volunteer who helped compile the data. “Langley, Delta and Port Moody made the Top-5 in both years.”
However, the top two positions were reserved for first-time recipients: West Vancouver and New Westminster.
“It’s maybe not perceptible to the public, but I want everyone to know we’re moving in the right direction,” said Kristine Li, MADD Vancouver Chapter Secretary and Director. “More than ever, if you drive impaired you will be caught and forced to face the consequences.”
The Top 5 Awards were made possible owing to the cooperation of the Ministry of Public Safety and the RoadSafetyBC team, and to the Minister, Mike Farnworth. MADD Vancouver would like to acknowledge the support of the Provincial Employees Community Service Fund for making the awards possible.