Despite the annual messages from local Mounties, people are still getting busted for drinking and driving in the Tri-Cities.
In the month of July, Coquitlam RCMP's CounterAttack program caught 53 impaired drivers on local roadways.
According to police, 30 drivers were given either a 24-hour or three to 30-day driving prohibition.
Another 20 were issued 90-day immediate roadside prohibition (IRP's) and three drivers were charged criminally. During the same period last year, Mounties caught 37 drivers during July, while handing out 25 IRPs.
In July 2011, cops busted 71 drivers. RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said the numbers are fairly consistent, but added it's too hard to know if there is a specific trend forming.
Chung noted the force's CounterAttack campaigns in the summer and around Christmas reflect the busiest times of the year for possible drunk drivers.
RCMP will continue its CounterAttack Program through the rest of August.
"People who are out there planning to be drinking should plan ahead," Chung said.
There were also no injuries or fatal crashes related to alcohol recorded in August 2012, compared to three the previous year.
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