The RCMP says its National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday was a success.
RCMP officers set up an impaired driving checkpoint Saturday in Holyrood as part of RCMP National Imapired Driving Enforcement Day. While no drunk drivers were found at this particular checkpoint, it did result in one small drug bust. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
RCMP officers conducted numerous checkpoints throughout the province, looking for people driving under the influence.
A total of 5,856 vehicles were checked and the following charges laid:
Six impaired by alcohol;
one impaired by a drug;
Six driving suspensions for alcohol;
Three driving suspensions for drug use.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said the force chose National Safe Driving Week to begin this campaign as part of a long-term organizational priority. “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,” he said.
Over the coming months the RCMP plans to increase enforcement and awareness efforts in all its jurisdictions to stop alcohol and drug impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries that devastates families and communities,” saidPaulson. “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).