The Edmonton Police Service reports that in the seven years since it began, the Curb the Danger program has resulted in the arrest of over 5.800 impaired drivers.

“Month after month, citizens call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers,” says Staff Sgt. Ted Hrebien. “As a police officer, it makes me proud to see Edmontonians stand up, take a proactive approach and curb the danger to keep their community safe.”

Since the program began in 2006, police have received over 60,000 calls from the public.  As a result of those calls, 9,500 letters have been sent to vehicle owners, over 20,000 vehicles have been intercepted, there have been 5,805 arrests of  impaired drivers and over 1,800 suspensions.

One of the more recent calls concerning a possible impaired driver was received on Tuesday, Oct. 29 when a caller reported seeing an erratic driver in a car that had four flat tires. Noreen Remtulla of the Edmonton Police says when the driver stopped to unsuccessfully inflate his tires, EPS officers arrested the uncooperative 61-year old driver.

He later provided a breath sample that registered .12, over the legal limit of .08.

In October alone, there were 786 calls from the public reporting possible impaired drivers which led to 62 impaired charges and 21 24-hour suspensions.

So far in 2013, there have been a total of 7,244 calls into Curb the Danger, 648 intercepts, 648 impaired charges, 170 24-hour suspensions, and 774 letters sent to the registered vehicle owners.

Here is a list of signs that could indicate an impaired driver:

  • unreasonably fast or slow speeds or inconsistent speeds;
  • frequent lane changes or swerving when passing;
  • ignoring traffic signals and signs;
  • approaching traffic signals and signs unreasonably fast or slow;
  • sitting at stop signs for long periods of time;
  • jerky starts and stops;
  • driving too close to the curbs and shoulders; hugging the edge of the road or straddling the center line;
  • driving at night without lights; or,
  • driving with the windows down in cold weather.

If you see a suspected impaired driver call 9-1-1 and report the incident immediately. Under Bill 16 of the Distracted Driving legislation, drivers are permitted to use hand-held devices to contact 9-1-1 emergency services.

You will be asked for the location of the driver and to report the licence plate number and vehicle description.  Police hope you will be able to keep the vehicle in sight, but do not ask you to chase the vehicle or break the law in order to stay close.

For more information on the Curb the Danger program, visit click here.


Source: Beacon News


Last updated on: 2013-11-08 | Link to this post