Officers startled by impaired drivers and risk of car accidents

The roads are full of drivers, construction workers, pedestrians and police officers looking to keep the streets safe. Impaired drivers can threaten the safety of all of these people and cause serious car accidents. British Columbia residents were reminded of this fact in late July, when a drunk driver sped through a police roadblock in Victoria.

The roadblock had been set up as a means to catch impaired drivers. The ICBC counterattack was set up on Blanshard Street around 2 a.m. The driver nearly drove straight past the officers in florescent vests and into the roadblock. She heard their yells to stop just in time and was able to hit her brakes before causing a collision.

A police officer on the scene was particularly disappointed in the lack of remorse from the driver, who failed the subsequent Breathalyzer test. The driver also lied to officers about her level of impairment. Incidents like this show officers just how important their presence is on busy roads during late nights.

British Columbia police in Victoria took 15 drivers off the road that night in their effort to minimize car accidents from impaired drivers, including the one who almost hit the roadblock. Another driver apparently drove past the roadblock without stopping. He was caught by police, having apparently had too much to drink during an anniversary dinner. Unlike the other driver, however, he was remorseful for his actions.

Impaired driving causes the deaths of about 66 British Columbia residents each year. Many more are seriously injured by car accidents due to drinking and driving. As police officers work to make the streets safer, people who are unfortunately involved in these accidents have the right to seek legal advice with regard to pursuing legal recourse in civil court.

Source: vicnews.com, "Impaired drivers threaten safety at roadblocks", Kendra Wong, July 25, 2017

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