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B.C. police changing strategy to catch drunk drivers


Police are changing their strategy when it comes to impaired driving

Neil Dubord, the police chief in Delta, says the strategy in B.C. is called 'roving patrol'

He says this is also the safer approach considering COVID-19

DELTA (NEWS 1130) — Delta’s police chief says officers’ strategy to catch impaired drivers isn’t as popular as it once was, so they will be rolling back their traditional check stops.

Neil Dubord, who speaks for police chiefs across B.C., as he chairs their Traffic Safety Committee, says you may have driven through a CounterAttack roadblock over the holidays but in the meantime, officers may have covertly been watching your driving.

“What we did this year is some roving impaired driving enforcement, which ends up being very effective for us as well. Meaning that our officers are on the road, they’re looking for people that are showing signs of impaired driving, and then they’re stopping them and having that conversation,” Dubord says, adding it’s a proactive approach.

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Instead, certain officers will be on patrol, specifically looking for impaired drivers and that doesn’t mean they just sit around parked outside of a pub.

“They are going to high volume roads. So I can speak in Delta certainly we pay attention to Nordal Way, we pay attention to Scott Road, we pay attention to Highway 17, and those roads where there’s lots of volume and the opportunity for officers to see lots of cars as well.

He adds this approach is also safer during a pandemic since officers don’t need to interact with hundreds of different drivers.