British Columbians are being reminded it’s illegal to drink alcohol in any vehicle, even if you’re a passenger.
The RCMP and the Minister of Transportation held a news conference outside B.C. Place to highlight safe choices over the holidays.
RCMP Supt. Derek Cooke says people should be ready for a crackdown on the roads.
“Police across the province will be out enforcing the motor vehicle act, and liquor control and licensing act infractions, and with the new licensing requirements for limousines, we expect that passenger safety will be enhanced. As police officers, we see the heartbreaking effects that result from bad decisions.”
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Transportation Minister Todd Stone says with the Christmas party season in full force, people need to remember that even if they’re taking a limo, they still can’t consume alcohol.
“Operators that allow the consumption of alcohol in their vehicles will be penalized. Passengers in these vehicles also have a responsibility, and that is to the liquor laws and they will be held accountable by law enforcement as well.”
Earlier this year, the government changed the licensing regulation for perimeter seating limousines to increase safety.