Oct 16, 2013 - EDMONTON POLICE LAY NINE IMPAIRED-DRIVING CHARGES OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND


Nine impaired-driving charges were laid by the Edmonton Police Service over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

In addition to those nine arrests, there were four roadside suspensions, 14 tickets and three other criminal charges laid. Out of the 19 checkstops done in 2013, police say the Thanksgiving long weekend resulted in the third highest number of arrests.

“This checkstop was set up at one location for just a few hours. What we saw in that time is extremely disturbing,” said Staff Sgt. Ted Hrebien of the collision investigation unit in a news release.

“Results like we had this weekend mean that far too many Edmontonians just aren’t getting the message. The excuses we hear — people not realizing how much they’ve had to drink or not finding a taxi at the end of the night — none of those excuses could ever soothe the family of the person you kill because you were driving drunk.” said Sgt. Hrebien.

The checkstop was a part of Operation Impact, a national law enforcement strategy launched over the Thanksgiving long weekend with a focus on improving safety on Canada’s roads.

EPS recommends motorists call 911 if they suspect someone is driving impaired.

Source: Edmonton Journal


 

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