National Impaired Driving Prevention Week is underway this week and motorists should expect to see CheckStops across Alberta, according to Alberta RCMP.

This week, Alberta RCMP say there will be an “increased presence on Alberta roads". 

“Alberta RCMP would like to remind all drivers in the province that impaired driving, whether by alcohol or drug, may cost you your life or the lives of others,” a release stated.

“Police officers trained to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) will be at CheckStops to raise awareness and to take drivers, impaired by drugs or alcohol, off the road. Drivers suspected of being impaired will be subject to road-side sobriety tests that may result in immediate licence suspensions and/or criminal charges.”

The release stated 4,290 impaired driving violations and 1,758 roadside suspensions were issued in Alberta last year. Through January and February, Alberta RCMP issued 538 impaired driving violations.

“There is a myth that it is okay to use drugs and drive because it affects you differently,” said Supt. Gary Graham, Officer in Charge, Alberta Integrated Traffic Services. 

“It is important to remind everyone that impaired driving, whether by drugs or alcohol, is a serious offence that will lead to criminal charges.”

Alberta RCMP said in 2016, the presence of alcohol or drugs was a factor in 27.9% of fatal collisions that occurred in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction.

“Impaired driving is a leading cause of death and injury on Alberta roads,” said Rick Gardner, Superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs Traffic Operations. “We all have a part to play in keeping impaired drivers off our roads. It’s not about getting caught at a CheckStop, it’s about the possibility of hurting yourself and others on the way home.”

Source: Daily Herald Tribute


Last updated on: 2018-03-27 | Link to this post