Free coffee for designated drivers at CounterAttack checks in Surrey

Free coffee for designated drivers at CounterAttack checks in Surrey

SURREY — If you hit a CounterAttack road check this Saturday (Aug. 1), you could be given a gift card for free coffee.

It’s part of a "positive ticketing" initiative by Surrey RCMP in partnership with ICBC.

Surrey RCMP traffic patrol officers will be busy this BC Day long weekend targeting several strategic areas of Surrey to detect and arrest impaired drivers at CounterAttack road checks.

They’ll also be showing their appreciation of designated drivers by handing out $2 coffee cards.

“We want to acknowledge those who are improving the safety of our roads by choosing to be designated drivers," says Cpl. Scotty Schumann.

In B.C., 42 people on average are killed during the summer months as a result of impaired driving.

This "positive ticketing" project supports the provincial Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving campaign that is aimed at reducing impaired related crashes on our roads.

“If your summer activities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home,” says Karen Klein, local ICBC Road Safety Co-ordinator.

“Arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit. Share the responsibility of being the designated driver this summer to help your friends and family get home safely.”

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com