Not long ago it was noted that summer in British Columbia is a dicey time to be on the road. More vehicles, more young drivers, and in particular, more drunk drivers make July and August prime time for collisions. The police are aware of that, and the province’s largest city is in the process of tackling the threat of drunk driving while the roads and streets are packed with summer traffic.
The Vancouver Police will be setting up CounterAttack roadchecks to seek out impaired drivers throughout the summer.
How DUI Roadchecks Work in B.C.
If you are stopped at a roadcheck, an officer will probably lean in the window and ask if you’ve had anything to drink tonight. He or she will pay attention to your answer, but not in the way you think. Police officers check to see if your speech is slurred, or if you look sleepy or unsteady. They’ll also have watched you drive as you pull up to the checkpoint.
Others Suspect, A Police Officer Nose
The officers will also use another valuable tool: their noses. The smell of mints, gum, perfume or cologne will signal an attempt to mask the odour of alcohol. Some people swear by peanut butter or garlic. Either way, you can expect to be led away in handcuffs if you are over the legal .08 blood alcohol limit.
It stands to reason. If you ever drink too much, you might have tried concealing your intoxication once in a while. But police are trained to spot attempts to hide drunkenness, and the get lots of practice at DUI checkpoints and roadside stops.
In other words, you are an amateur – they are pros. Don’t try to fool a pro. Forget the cologne and the peanut butter. Just drive sober. You’ll stay out of trouble and you’ll even smell better.