File # Public Advisory
2020-02-12 11:09 PST

Maple Ridge B.C – Today, the Ridge Meadows RCMP are providing an update on Project Domino Effect.

Over an 11 month period (between May of 2017 to April 2018) the Ridge Meadows RCMP investigated 7 fatal motor vehicle collisions where alcohol or drug impairment was a factor.

Graph chart showing 9 deaths due to impaird driving between May 2017 and March 2019. 

(click on the image to view a larger image that displays Project Domino Effect results)

The Ridge Meadows RCMP Officer in Charge, Superintendent Jennifer Hyland, decided to implement a program that would target impaired drivers and remove them from our roads, making the community safer. Dubbed Project Domino Effect, the initiative focused police resources to track down and stop the following offences;

  • Impaired by Alcohol Criminal Charges
  • Impaired by Alcohol Over 80 mg % Criminal Charges
  • Impaired by Drug Criminal Charges
  • Impaired by Drug - Blood Drug Concentration Criminal Charges
  • Provincial Roadside Suspensions for Alcohol
  • Provincial Roadside Suspensions for Drug
  • IRP - 90 Day Suspension (Alcohol or Drug)

In the following 11 month period since the start of Project Domino Effect (from May 2018 to March 2019) police managed to reduce impaired fatal MVI’s down to 2 occurrences. Additionally, during that subsequent 11 month period (March 2019 to February 2020), there has been zero fatal motor vehicle incidents related to impaired driving.

In spite of this success the work is still not finished.

  • In 2017 (prior to launch of Project Domino effect) Ridge Meadows RCMP performed 279 impaired driving investigations.
  • In 2018 (Project Domino Effect launching in April 2018) Ridge Meadows RCMP performed 486 impaired driving investigations.
  • In 2019 Ridge Meadows RCMP performed 553 impaired driving investigations.

The results of the program are astounding and surpassed our expectations. States Constable Julie Klaussner. By November of 2019 we had already surpassed the total number of 2018 impaired investigations. It is evident people are still choosing to drive while impaired.

Superintendent Hyland states, One life lost to impaired driving is one life too many! And clearly, with the increasing number of impaired drivers we continue to catch, our work in this area is not finished. Our community expects this kind of commitment from us and we will continue the project throughout 2020.

Of the nine fatal investigations, 4 resulted in criminal charges being approved by Crown Council.

Constable Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows Detachment
11990 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
julie.klaussner@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
 

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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