Month long Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign starts December 1st
On Friday, December 1, 2017, NT RCMP Traffic Services, along with Detachments throughout the Northwest Territories, will commence their annual traffic enforcement patrols and check stops. The annual campaign, that will run to January 1, 2018, continues to work towards the goal of preventing people from operating a motor vehicle while impaired and keeping the roads safe over the holidays.
The RCMP will be checking drivers operating off road vehicles such as snowmobiles and ATV's as Impaired Driving is not only limited to the operation of motor vehicles on road ways.
"Impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries that has immense costs and devastating effects in our communities" states Cpl Todd Scaplen, Northwest Territories RCMP Traffic Services. "Similar to other years, we want to be visible in our communities and encourage motorists to drive safely and to find other means of transport home after partaking in holiday events".
In addition to the campaign initiated by your local RCMP, there will be a National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day of Action that will take place on December 2nd . Motorists can expect to see their local RCMP Members conducting patrols and checkstops as well as roadside checks as part of the National coordinated effort to reduce Impaired Driving.
Last year, during Operation Gingerbread, 22 motorists were charged with Impaired Driving in the Northwest Territories after the RCMP checked almost 1500 vehicles.
As always, the public is encouraged to contact their local RCMP Detachment should they suspect or witness an impaired driver on our roadways.