Vancouver Police are worried that young drivers are not getting the message about drinking and driving.
Police released results today from the third weekend of their summer roadblock campaign.
This past Friday and Saturday, 305 roadside tests were peformed. 49 of those drivers were found to be impaired.
Out of those 49 drivers, eight of them were novice drivers, with the green N on the back of their vehicle.
So far this summer, 30 novice drivers have received 12-hour prohibitions, compared to 36 for the entire summer of 2011.
Under B.C. law, novice drivers are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system.
Cst. Lindsey Houghton says it’s a disturbing new trend.
“You’re supposed to be learning how to drive and earning your right to drive,” he says.
“The designated driver doesn’t mean the person who has had the least drinks. It means zero.”
Houghton says that despite having the same number of officers, and some of the same locations as last year, they are catching more people this year.
He says parents need to have a conversation with their children, whether they are teens or young adults.
“We can’t seem to go a couple of weeks or months in Metro Vancouver without a family losing a loved one to impaired driving,” he says.
“Even one impaired driver on our road is concerning for us. Taking 49 off the road in two nights is potentially saving 49 or more lives.”