Nov 12, 2012 - CURB THE DANGER

For years the public has been inundated with messages warning about the dangers of drinking and driving. 

In spite of these efforts, people continue to drive after they have been drinking, often with tragic results.

This has been a frustration to police agencies and the public.Throughout the years the Edmonton Police Service has experimented with similar programs, including Operation Lookout; however, none have had the success of Curb the Danger.

About the Program

The Curb the Danger program targets people suspected of driving while impaired. The Edmonton Police Service program started as a pilot project October 2006 and became permanent in January 2007.

Important Notice: The Distracted Driving Legislation in Alberta provides an exemption to allow the use of a hand held cellular device to report an emergency which includes a possible impaired driver reported to 9-1-1.

How it Works

  • The public calls 9-1-1 when they see someone they suspect is driving while impaired
  • That information is then communicated to response members who attempt to intercept the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle or driver cannot be intercepted and attempts to locate them fail, a letter is sent to the registered owner of the offending vehicle indicating the time and date it was reported to police. In that letter the owner is informed that their vehicle was reported to Curb the Danger by a concerned citizen.

Why it Works

The Curb the Danger program is successful because of the efforts of many different people; the public who report the incident, the police communications personnel who take the 9-1-1 calls, and the response members who intercept the vehicles.

  • The program has generated more than 45,000 phone calls to date.
  • Roughly 35% of vehicles intercepted through Curb the Danger ended in an impaired driving charge or 24-hour license suspension. 
  • It has also captured the attention of other cities and police services around the world.

Get Involved

A driver might be impaired if they:

  • Drive too fast, too slow, or inconsistently.
  • Change lanes often, or swerve when passing.
  • Ignore traffic signals and signs.
  • Approach traffic signals and signs too fast or too slow.
  • Sit at stop signs for a long time.
  • Have jerky starts or stops.
  • Drive too close to the curb or shoulder.
  • Hug the edge of the road or straddle the centre line.
  • Drive at night without lights.
  • Drive with the windows down in cold weather.

If you think a driver might be impaired:

  • Call 911 as soon as safely possible.
  • Give the operator the vehicle’s: Location, Direction, Description, and License plate number
  • Keep the vehicle in sight if you can, but do not try to chase the vehicle or break the law in order to stay close.

Mid-Year Curb the Danger Statistics

for 2012 (January - June)

  Impaired Driving Arrests


  24 - Hour Suspensions


  Letters sent to Registered Owners


  Calls from the Public


Sadly as long as there are people who choose to drink and drive, there will be a need for the Curb the Danger program. Those who have the propensity to drink and drive should realize that in addition to the Police, the citizens of Edmonton are on the lookout for impaired drivers. 

Source: The City of Edmonton & Edmonton Police Services


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