Alberta RCMP would like to remind all drivers in the province that impaired driving, whether by alcohol or drug, may cost you your life or the lives of others. In support of National Impaired Driving Prevention Week, which took place March 18th to 24th, police will be conducting CheckStops throughout the week all across the province.
“There is a myth that it is okay to use drugs and drive because it affects you differently,” says Supt. Gary Graham, Officer in Charge, Alberta Integrated Traffic Services. “It is important to remind everyone that impaired driving, whether by drugs or alcohol, is a serious offence that will lead to criminal charges.”
“Impaired driving is a leading cause of death and injury on Alberta roads,” says Rick Gardner, Superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs Traffic Operations. “We all have a part to play in keeping impaired drivers off our roads. It’s not about getting caught at a CheckStop, it’s about the possibility of hurting yourself and others on the way home.”
In 2017, Alberta RCMP issued 4,290 impaired driving violations and 1,758 roadside suspensions. In the first two months of 2018, Alberta RCMP issued 538 impaired violations.