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Burnaby RCMP release dashcam video of drunk driver to illustrate dangers of impaired driving

WITH With the holiday season approaching, Burnaby RCMP released on-board video of a recently convicted impaired driver to illustrate the dangers of drinking and driving.

The video was taken on January 8, 2021 and was captured by the drunk driver’s own dash camera as he traveled from Richmond to Vancouver and Burnaby. The video was later seized by police after the execution of a search warrant.

The video shows the driver crossing the center line several times towards oncoming traffic, narrowly missing other vehicles. The video also shows the driver blowing through a stop sign and passing through a red light.

In part of the video, pedestrians cross an intersection not far from the vehicle.

Police were first alerted to the situation at around 11:57 p.m. when several callers reported that a Cadillac Escalade struck parked vehicles and a fire hydrant near Royal Oak Avenue and Marine Drive, sending fire. water in the street and in neighboring houses.

Despite the impact of the accidents, the driver made the decision to continue driving. Dash cam video shows the driver continuing down the road in an oncoming lane before crashing into a stop sign.

The driver finally pulled to a stop near Gilley Avenue and Marine Drive around 12:03 am when Burnaby RCMP officers arrived. At that time, the SUV was badly damaged and a tire was missing.

The driver refused to provide a breath sample and did not cooperate with the police.

In August 2021, a 62-year-old Burnaby resident was convicted of impaired driving. He received a one-year driving ban and a $ 1,000 fine.

The driver’s actions caused approximately $ 28,000 in flood damage to nearby homes and over $ 6,600 in damage to City of Burnaby properties.

“It is shocking that no one has been killed or injured, including the driver,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj. “This driver made the decision to put himself and others at risk when he got behind the wheel that night and drove through three cities. Burnaby RCMP are sharing the video in the hopes it will deter others from driving while impaired. “

“We urge everyone to watch this video. This is what impaired driving looks like, ”Kalanj added. “There is no excuse for getting impaired while driving. “

The holiday season brings with it the annual CounterAttack campaign for December. Police urge drivers to make the responsible decision to plan for a safe return home.

When you decide to drive impaired, you risk not only your life, but the lives of others on and around the road, police say.

On average, 16 people are killed and 830 injured in 1,500 impaired driving crashes in the Lower Mainland alone each year.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense and can seriously affect your life and the lives of others. Some of the results of impaired driving can include:

– Criminal charges
– injuries
– Death of others
– Your death
Police have scheduled CounterAttack roadside checks across the province in the coming weeks.

“If you are planning to attend a rally where alcohol is involved, please plan for a safe ride home,” Kalanj said. “If you choose to drive while impaired, you run the risk of stumbling into a CounterAttack traffic stop and you will be taken off the road. “