Today marks the beginning of Impaired Driving Month in Alberta. With the changing weather conditions and the upcoming holidays, the Alberta RCMP is reminding motorists that driving impaired creates a danger for all road users. Police will kick off the month with a CheckStop Blitz highlighting National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday, December 2. The large-scale operation will take place in local detachment areas and on major roads and highways across the province.
"The holiday season is right around the corner, so it's important that we get out on the roads early this December to remind motorists of the dangers that come with alcohol or drug impaired driving," says S/Sgt. Don Murray, District Commander, Capital Region Integrated Traffic Unit.
The National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is a Canada-wide RCMP initiative that takes place during National Safe Driving Week. It will see hundreds of RCMP officers and Alberta Sheriffs out on patrols to take drivers, impaired by drugs or alcohol, off the road. Drivers suspected of being impaired will be subject to road-side sobriety tests that may result in immediate licence suspensions and/or criminal charges. Police remind everyone that impairment by drugs and alcohol results in a shorter attention span, an altered perception of time and distance and slower reaction times.
"Impaired driving is a leading cause of death and injury on Alberta roads, but we can't tackle this issue alone," says Superintendent Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs. "Everyone has a part to play and that starts with planning ahead to have a designated driver or a safe ride when heading out to the festivities."
The CheckStops will run throughout the entire day Saturday. Some CheckStops will be mobile, and moving locations in order to cover as much of the province as possible. At some locations, municipal police officers will be working alongside the RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs.