Ahead of Saturday, December 2, recognized as National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, Alberta Mounties are reminding motorists against impaired driving.

"While the holidays are often a time of indulgence, it’s important to still keep safety in mind. On Saturday, December 2, officers will be out conducting traffic enforcement initiatives and check stops, removing impaired drivers from our roadways," police stated.

In 2022, RCMP responded to 233 fatal collisions, of which approximately 25 per cent involved alcohol or drugs. Police also removed 7,573 impaired drivers from Alberta roadways, an equivalent of more than 20 impaired drivers per day.

RCMP is reminding motorists that driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is both criminal and dangerous. Mandatory Alcohol Screening is used by Alberta RCMP to deter and detect impaired drivers; meaning that if you are pulled over or at a check stop, you can expect to provide a breath sample.

Other reminders include:

  • Individuals with a Graduated Driver’s Licence must abide by the zero-tolerance law.
  • Impaired driving is always preventable and can always be avoided. Call a taxi or rideshare service, use a designated driver, or stay the night.
  • If you are attending a party and have consumed drugs or alcohol, do not drive. Find a safe ride home or a safe place to spend the night.
  • Party hosts aren’t off the hook. If your guests have been drinking or using drugs, make sure they have a safe place to stay or a sober ride home.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you witness or suspect impaired driving.

In December 2022, a large-scale checkstop was erected in Airdrie, with the cooperation of the Calgary Police Service, the Alberta Sheriffs, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta, the Tosguna Tsuut'ina Nation Police Service and the CP Police. Seven impaired drivers were taken off the roads due to Immediate Roadside Sanctions.

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