To tackle the menace of impaired driving, Red Deer RCMP is going to kick off a checkstop campaign on December 3, which is also the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
The checkstop campaign will begin on December 3 and will run through to the new year under which police officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers to keep the roads safe during the holiday season for everyone. Red Deer RCMP is known for its leadership in putting record numbers of impaired drivers before the courts over the last few years.
Police are urging everyone to stay off the wheel if they are impaired and despite this warning if drivers drive impaired, their luck will run out and will get caught, the Red Deep RCMP Sgt. Al Nickolson has warned.
Red Deer RCMP have a strong focus on impaired driving throughout the year, but during the holiday season those efforts become even more focused through increased checkstops and active patrols using marked and unmarked police vehicles. As well as testing drivers for impairment by alcohol, Red Deer RCMP use certified Drug Recognition Experts who are trained to identify and charge drivers impaired by street drugs, prescription drugs, or a combination of intoxicating substances.
The police says that everyone should pitch in when it comes to keep the roads safe. People should chose from a multitude of alternatives that are available instead of driving impaired, including taxis, public transit or having a designated driver.
The police has also asked people to not anyone impaired to take the wheel and while it could be a difficult conversation to have, that step will be a matter of life and death for people on the road. The police adds that if the impaired driver doesn’t heed your request, you should report them to the police to help keep the roads safe.
Year round, the RCMP’s work to keep Red Deer streets safe is helped by concerned citizens reporting suspected impaired drivers. This year, RCMP ask party hosts, friends and family members to take even more action by preventing those drivers from getting behind the wheel in the first place.