Oak Bay records zero impaireds over New Year’s

Police say 2019 off to a great start

There were no impaired driving incidents reported in Oak Bay over New Year’s Eve.

“We had about a dozen calls on New Year’s Eve. We received a couple calls about noisy parties and we dealt with a couple individuals consuming liquor in public,” said Oak Police Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties. “Overall, it was a good night.”

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Oak Bay Police also noted there were no reported incidents of serious crimes.

New Year’s Eve caps off a holiday season with heightened media around impaired driving. Despite the coverage around Canada’s new impaired driving laws and warnings from police departments, Victoria Police still took 42 impaired drivers off the roads between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24.

To counter impaired driving, ICBC provides additional funds for policing over the holiday season, and B.C. Transit provided free service over the evening of Dec. 31.

Nationally, cases of impaired driving overall have shrunk for the last six years, although drug impaired driving is up.



jesse.laufer@oakbaynews.com

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