Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP was called to a report of a fight at an Okanagan Landing Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, but issued the homeowner a ticket  under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for having too many people at the party. (Black Press file photo)

Alberta RCMP conducting checkstops Saturday

Though the ways we celebrate the holiday season may have changed this year, the dangers of driving impaired have not, the RCMP say.

The Alberta RCMP is working to promote safe, sober driving through National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday. As part of the annual, nation-wide initiative, Alberta RCMP will be patrolling the provincial highways and conducting checkstops, ensuring impaired drivers are apprehended and removed from the roads.

“In 2019, over 6,000 impaired driving-related charges were laid, and approximately 30 per cent of all fatal collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions involved alcohol or drugs,” explains Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Please plan ahead and find a safe means of transportation to and from your holiday destinations.”

The Alberta RCMP is reminding motorists: driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgment and reaction time, impaired driving is criminal and dangerous and individuals with a Graduated Driver’s Licence must abide by the zero tolerance law.

Impaired driving is always preventable and can always be avoided. Call a taxi/rideshare service, use a designated driver, or stay the night, say the RCMP.

“We want Albertans to know that it is never okay to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” says Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. “You risk not only your own safety, but also the lives of others.”

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