01/03/2013 03:21 EST | Updated 03/05/2013 05:12 EST

Fewer Impaired Drivers Found On B.C. Roads Over Holidays


B.C. Mounties say officers found fewer impaired drivers over the recent holiday Counterattack campaign than in previous years.

According to preliminary numbers, Mounties in areas policed by the RCMP laid 961 impaired-related charges between December 2 and January 2, compared to 1,434 charges laid in the same period last year.

“There’s been very good media coverage of the new impaired driving legislation and penalties and I think that’s helped people make better choices,” said RCMP Cpl. Robert Mc Donald.

More than 1,419 people were ticketed for use of an electronic device while driving and 213 drivers were caught doing 40 km/h or more over the posted limit, Mc Donald said.

“Our officers continued to enforce seat belt laws as well, handing out 1,364 seat belt tickets during December,” he added.

In Vancouver, police took 68 impaired drivers off the road between Dec. 28 and 31.

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