For most of us, the Christmas season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Often alcohol is a part of the festivities. If it is not consumed responsibly, it can have devastating results.

In 2011, 40 per cent of fatal crashes in Edmonton involved an impaired driver as well as 22 per cent of serious injury crashes. To date in 2012, 36 per cent of fatals and 26 per cent of serious injury crashes involved an impaired driver.

In spite of countless education campaigns talking about the dangers of drinking and driving, people are still choosing to put their selfish needs ahead of the safety of others on the road. Const. David Green of EPS Traffic Services says, “Many people don’t think they will get caught for impaired driving. However, there is the real possibility of being charged, losing their license, their job and compromising their reputation in the community.”

The battle against impaired drivers is not something that the police can fight alone; they need the public’s help.

Many Edmontonians are doing just that. Since the Curb the Danger program was started in October of 2006 more than 52,000 calls have come in, more than 5,000 impaired driving charges have been laid and 1600 roadside suspensions were handed out. Curb the Danger encourages citizens to call 9-1-1 when they spot a suspected impaired driver.

Source:  Edmonton Police Service Media Release

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Last updated on: 2013-07-31 | Link to this post