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RCMP kicks off impaired driving month with checkstop blitz
Published Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:14PM MST
Last Updated Sunday, December 3, 2017 7:07PM MST
RCMP is reminding Albertans to not drink and drive ahead of the holiday season.
Alberta RCMP kicked off their Impaired Driving Month campaign with a “CheckStop” blitz on Saturday on major roads and highways across the province.
“As we get close to Christmas, a lot of people are doing partying with their offices, with family and friends, and we just wanna make sure that we put a presence out there early to let everybody know that we’re gonna be out there for the Christmas season,” RCMP Sheriff Integrated Traffic Unit Cst. Michael Hibbs told CTV News. “We’re out and about and we’re doing this and people are seeing us, and hopefully they see us this weekend and throughout the Christmas season and they’ll say, ‘Maybe I should hire that taxi or call that family member or take the bus.”
Drivers suspected of drug or alcohol impairment will be subject to road-side tests that could result in criminal charges or suspension of license.
“If you get one impaired driver, that’s one too many. If you get one loss of life, that’s one too many as well,” Hibbs said. “We encourage everybody to have common sense, do the right thing and don’t drink and drive.”
With files from Angela Jung