Victoria police stop drivers at a checkpoint on Dec. 29, 2018. (VicPD).

Victoria police stop drivers at a checkpoint on Dec. 29, 2018. (VicPD).

Victoria police are reminding people who are celebrating New Year’s Eve tonight to plan for a safe ride home.

From Dec. 1, 2018, to Dec. 24, 2018, Victoria police took 42 impaired drivers off the road. During the department’s counter-attack deployment, where officers at checkpoints in Victoria and Esquimalt screened drivers for impairment, one 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition was issued for impaired driving.

“If you are planning on celebrating tonight, alternative methods home include a taxi, dial-a-driver and a designated driver,” Victoria police spokesman Bowen Osoko wrote in a release.

BC Transit and Regional District of Nanaimo Transit are also offering extended, free service starting at 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Jan. 1.

To check bus times in your community, visit the BC Transit website.

If a driver is suspected of impaired driving, they can face vehicle impoundment, driver’s licence suspensions, fines and/or jail, among other consequences.

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