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Celebrate the new year safely

New Year’s Eve is a busy night on our roads with celebrations at bars, restaurants, private homes and even outdoors.
ICBC and police are urging everyone to drive smart and make a plan before the festivities to get home safely.

Joanna Linsangan says despite all of the progress that has been made over the last 40 years due to CounterAttack and tougher penalties, impaired driving still remains a top contributing factor for fatal crashes in B.C….

Every year on New Year’s Eve, an average of 20 people are injured in 80 crashes on Vancouver Island.
Linsangan says there’s always at least one smart option to get home, like arranging a designated driver, setting money aside for a taxi, or taking transit or using Operation Red Nose which operates in 19 B.C. communities.

To help everyone enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities safely, on Sunday, the Sunshine Coast Regional District and BC Transit are offering extra trips and free service after 7 p.m.

The free evening service will apply on routes 1 Sechelt-Gibsons/Langdale Ferry, and 90 Sechelt-Gibsons/Langdale Ferry Express.

In Nanaimo, the Regional District of Nanaimo and BC Transit will be offering extended evening service on Sunday (Dec 31st) free of charge.

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The free service will apply between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., to help New Year’s Eve revelers get home safely.

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