The RCMP is launching a national impaired driving enforcement campaign to coincide with National Safe Driving Week this week.
The RCMP's National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is Saturday. Local police officers will be setting up a checkpoint Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro entrance in Holyrood to begin the campaign.
Throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the RCMP will team up policing and enforcement partners on Saturday to conduct a co-ordinated impaired driving enforcement initiative. There will be several checkpoints throughout the province.
“We chose National Safe Driving Week to begin this campaign as part of a long-term organizational priority,” RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said in a news release. “Each year thousands of Canadians are injured or killed by impaired drivers and we chose this week to step up enforcement efforts to take alcohol and drug impaired drivers off the road, but we won’t stop here.”
Over the coming months, Paulson said, the RCMP will be increasing enforcement and awareness efforts in all RCMP jurisdictions to stop alcohol and drug impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries that devastates families and communities,” said Paulson. “A small decision can have great consequences, please make the right choice before you get behind the wheel. Everyone has the right to come home safe. ”
To report an impaired driver, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).