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Roadblocks to keep roads safe over holiday season

Delta police embark on annual CounterAttack campaign

Delta police will be out in force this month as the annual CounterAttack campaign takes to the streets in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.

"In keeping with the strategic goal of having the safest roads in B.C., the Delta Police Department is once again working in partnership with ICBC to increase safety on our roads and streets during this holiday season," said department spokesperson A/Sgt. Sarah Swallow.

The annual CounterAttack program runs throughout December and into January.

Using roadblocks, which will be set up throughout Delta, officers will conduct checks aimed at drinking and driving, however, they will also have an eye out for other offences such as distracted driving, speeding and drivers not wearing seatbelts.

"In addition to the traditional, static roadblocks, Delta police will continue to be visible conducting roving patrols in and around drinking establishments as a reminder for patrons to not drink and then drive," Swallow said.

Police are also reminding residents to call 911 if you suspect a drunk driver is on the road.

"Safety on our roads is everyone's responsibility," Swallow said. "The best gift you can give your family and friends this holiday season is a safe ride home."

Operation Red Nose was out this past Friday and Saturday for the first weekend of its annual holiday season campaign.

Since 2002, the Delta Gymnastics Society has been the local host of the award-winning national program that strives to keep the roads safe during the holiday season while at the same time supporting amateur youth sport in the community.

This year Operation Red Nose, in partnership with ICBC, CTV, Richmond RCMP, Delta police and many local sponsors, will service the communities of Delta and Richmond on Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 31 between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Last year, 409 volunteers helped provide 667 safe rides home, driving over 21,000 kilometres over the course of nine nights.

To book a safe ride home with Operation Red Nose, call 604-943-0460.

Plan for a safe night out Never get into a vehicle if the driver is not sober and always preplan your transportation options:

Taxi

Public transit

Designated driver

Arrange pick up with a family member or friend

Volunteer organization, such as Operation Red Nose