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Plan a safe ride home for New Year’s Eve, ICBC warns

Victoria police will be out conducting roadchecks so take transit. It’s free after 6 p.m.

If you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big way tonight, ICBC is warning drivers not to get behind the wheel.

Each year, 68 people die in crashes where alcohol is a factor, with half of those occurring during the December holidays.

Victoria police, for example, took 42 impaired drivers off the road between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24 – an average of two drunk drivers per day.

Officers will also be out on New Year’s Eve throughout the region to check for those driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

RELATED: Stricter drunk driving laws come into effect Dec. 18 across Canada

RELATED: Impaired driver crashes into Victoria police vehicle, injures officer

For those who indulge a little too much, taxi companies will be available as well as paid driving services like Dial-a-Driver, Drive Smart and Call My Driver.

BC Transit will also provide complimentary service for riders in Greater Victoria on New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. onward.

Check Twitter (@BCTransit) to see what time free transit service starts in other B.C. cities.

B.C. has the harshest drinking and driving laws in the country. Those caught can face driving suspensions up to 90 days, vehicle impoundment, fines up to $4,000, jail time, mandatory rehabilitation, a premium on car insurance or the installation of an ignition interlock.

Happy New Year! Stay safe.


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