RCMP use of MAS successfully identifies impaired drivers

Spruce Grove, Alberta – Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP members have been pulling over people for various traffic offences. However, with the introduction of mandatory alcohol screening, some residents are receiving more than traffic tickets. Since Dec. 18, 2018, RCMP have made 13 arrests for impaired driving, nine of those arrests are attributed to the new mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) legislation.

The failing drivers have provided breath samples with blood alcohol concentrations ranging from the legal limit of 80 milligrams (mg) of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood to 180 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood to an extreme case of more than four times the legal limit. In one extreme case, which occurred on Jan. 20, 2019, a female driver was transporting her children.

The RCMP were at an unrelated collision in Spruce Grove, Alta. While on scene, RCMP members stopped a female driver as a result of a traffic infraction. There was no suspicion of impairment. A MAS test was administered and the female driver failed the test. She later provided breath samples that were more than four times the legal limit.

Impaired Driver
File Photo – Impaired Driver

“The brief delay experienced by those legally using our roads will be their contribution to saving thousands of lives in Canada every year,” stated Inspector Mike Lokken. “Members are reporting favorable comments from residents during our continuing check stops. Our goal is to detect impaired drivers, get these drivers off of our roads and keep our community safe.”

If you need to report a crime, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267 or call your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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