Edmonton, Alberta – On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, Alberta RCMP removed 91 impaired drivers from our provincial roadways during National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. In participation of the Canada-wide initiative, and in an effort to promote safe, sober driving, members patrolled the highways targeting motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Of the 91 impaired motorists, 47 drivers received Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) FAILs and 26 received IRS WARNs. As well, 14 drivers holding GDL licences were issued suspensions and vehicle seizures due to having blood alcohol concentrations greater than zero.
National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day notable events:
St. Paul – St. Paul traffic services held an enforcement and education check stop in collaboration with detachment members, St. Paul Community Peace Officers, and MADD Canada volunteers. Of the 169 vehicles checked, one mandatory alcohol screening resulted in an impaired driver being removed from the road. Candy canes, gift certificates, educational information, and RCMP thankyou cards were distributed to sober drivers.
Cochrane – Cochrane traffic services, joined by officers from both the Cochrane and Stoney Nakoda detachments as well as the Alberta Sheriffs, held two check stops – one in Ghost lake and another in Rocky View County. Approximately 300 vehicles were checked. Nine provincial sanctions were issued including six IRS FAILS and three IRS WARNS.
Whitecourt – Whitecourt traffic services along with the Alberta Sheriffs conducted a check stop involving approximately 300 vehicles. Though it did not result in any provincial sanction, a firearms charge was laid.
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