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Drunk driving charges down over holiday season

Impaired driving charges are down this holiday season in Red Deer.

Sgt. Isabelle Hammer, who heads the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit, said the once or twice weekly CheckStops through December have yielded an average of six impaired drivers.

“We’ve seen a decrease this year so people are getting the message.”

More CheckStops are planned as New Year’s Eve approaches.

“We’re going to have a few more coming up to keep people guessing and hopefully they keep getting the message,” said Hammer.

Those who use Twitter to warn others of CheckStop locations do themselves and other drivers no favours.

“It’s something of a Catch 22: we can’t stop them from Tweeting, (but) I’d rather they know we’re out there. It’s not a trap. People know they shouldn’t drink and drive.”

Hammer added that drivers must be completely stopped to Tweet or they’ve broken the province’s distracted driving law.



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