No excuses for drinking and driving



    CounterAttack roadchecks on now

    VANCOUVER, July 10 /CNW/ - With summer festivities in full swing, on July
11, ICBC and the Vancouver Police Department will remind drivers that excuses
for drinking and driving won't be tolerated, as part of a provincial impaired
driving awareness and enforcement campaign.
    Across the province, police forces are ramping up roadchecks. (See Lower
Mainland locations for photo opportunities listed below.)
    Although Drinking Driving CounterAttack has helped reduce B.C.'s
alcohol-related fatalities by 50 per cent over the past 30 years, the
consequences remain severe. On average, 3,170 people are injured and 116
people still die each year in alcohol-related crashes (annual averages from
2002-2006 police data).

    
    Who:   Nicolas Jimenez, ICBC road safety director
           Acting Inspector Ralph Pauw, Vancouver Police Department

    Where: Strathcona Park
           Prior Street and Hawks Avenue, Vancouver

    When:  Friday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    What:  VPD media briefing including details about ICBC's impaired driving
           campaign.


    Additional media photo opportunities:
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    Date/Time       Roadcheck Locations    Media Contacts
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    Fri., July 11   New Westminster: 300   Sgt. Ivan Chu, NWPS, 604-529-2423
    7-8 p.m.        Block of McBride       Cst. Warren Biagioni, IRSU,
                    Boulevard              604-831-0339
                                           Karen Klein, ICBC, 604-786-6483
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    Sat., July 12   Port Coquitlam: United Cst. Brenda Gresiuk,
    7-8 p.m.        Boulevard near         Coquitlam RCMP, 604-999-7411
                    Burbridge Street  Cst. Warren Biagioni, IRSU,
                                           604-831-0339
                                           Karen Klein, ICBC, 604-786-6483
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    Mon., July 14   Burnaby: Byrne Road    Cpl. Mike Birkas, IRSU,
    6-7 p.m.        between Marine Drive   604-831-0339
                    and Marine Way         Gord Couling, ICBC, 604-786-6458
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    Tues., July 15  Richmond: No. 6 Road   Cpl. Mike Birkas, IRSU,
    6-7 p.m.        near Hwy 91 underpass  604-831-0339
                                           Karen Klein, ICBC, 604-786-6483
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    Sat., July 19   Vancouver: Location    Cst. Jana McGuinness, VPD,
    8-9 p.m.        TBD                    604-205-4827
                                           Karen Klein, ICBC, 604-786-6483
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    (*)Note: Please do not disclose these locations to the public.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Kim Thé, ICBC, (604) 842-5023;
Paul Goodman, ICBC, (604) 341-1674; Cst. Jana McGuinness, VPD, (604) 717-2807

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