Police will be out in force this month keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.
While attitudes have changed considerably over the years, an average of 86 people are killed each year in B.C.
Thirteen of those deaths occur on the Island, according to ICBC.
“Impaired driving enforcement is important all year round, but there are certain times of the year such as December when there is an increase in alcohol consumption,” said Staff Sgt. Jim Anderson with the Capital Regional District Integrated Road Safety Unit.
IRSU will partner with police units throughout Greater Victoria, including Sooke RCMP, and conduct road checks.
“IRSU hopes those that are consuming alcohol don’t drive for the safety of themselves and others,” Anderson said.
Authorities are reminding drivers to be smart, safe, and to plan for a ride home before the evening begins.
Those who suspect a drunk driver is on the road are urged to call 911.