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New West police increasing impaired driving patrols this summer

Plan ahead to stay safe
New Westminster police will be stepping up patrols for impaired drivers in July.

The New Westminster Police Department hopes residents can find time to indulge in the joys of summer – but is urging them to be safe.

If people are planning to beat the heat with friends this summer, the NWPD is “strongly suggesting” they plan a safe ride home if they’re going to be cooling off with drinks or if they’re planning to use drugs of any kind.

“With the lifting of COVID restrictions, we are seeing a lot more people starting to reconnect and participate in backyard celebrations,” Chief Const. Dave Jansen said in a NWPD news release. “So if you’re planning on enjoying a party, make sure that getting home safe is a part of the plan.”

If spending the night or driving home sober aren’t options, the NWPD suggests you arrange for a designated driver ahead of time or call an ride-sharing service or taxi to take you home safely.

The NWPD is advising residents that they can expect to see an increased number of police officers out on patrol for impaired drivers throughout July and beyond.

Anyone who thinks they see an impaired driver is advised to call 911.