Grande Prairie, Alberta – Throughout the month of December, the Grande Prairie RCMP will be conducting numerous impaired driving initiatives, aimed at keeping our roadways safe this holiday season.
The Grande Prairie RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit has organized several multi-day check stops within the City of Grande Prairie. In addition, the Grande Prairie RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU), which is a collaboration between RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs, has organized similar initiatives with a focus on our rural roads and highways.
The first of these check stops took place this past weekend between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, with a focus on Dec. 5 which was National Impaired Driving Day. These initiatives allowed police to check a significant number of motorists.
Within the city limits, this three-day impaired driving initiative resulted in several people being issued Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS). The IRS were issued as follows:
· 6 drivers issued IRS – Fail suspension, including 1 refusal (4 of these were on Dec. 5)
· 1 driver issued IRS – warn
· 1 driver issued IRS – 24 Hour suspension
Outside of the city limits, initiatives yielded the following results:
· 4 drivers issued IRS – Fail
· 2 drivers IRS – Caution
· 2 drivers IRS – Zero Tolerance GDL
· 1 driver IRS – 24 Hour suspension
RCMP consider these initiatives to be highly successful, as several impaired drivers were removed from city streets and rural roadways.
Grande Prairie RCMP will be conducting further traffic initiatives and pro-active enforcement on both our city and rural roads for the remainder of the holiday season. The RCMP are committed to community safety and remind the public to choose an alternate mode of transportation if they will be consuming intoxicating substances this holiday season.
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