Alberta RCMP have been gearing up for Saturday, which is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
From Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, RCMP laid 2,788 charges for impaired driving due to alcohol and 124 charges for impaired driving due to a drug.
Police say drivers should plan ahead if they know they’ll be drinking – sleep over at a friend’s house, take a taxi or public transit home, or enlist someone to be a designated driver.
Alberta RCMP Supt. Gary Graham asks drivers to take time to plan for a sober ride to and from destinations.
“Whether caused by alcohol or any other drug, impaired driving remains a crime. The recent legalization of recreational cannabis does not change the fact that we all have a role to play in traffic safety,” said Graham.
National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day brings together hundreds of RCMP officers and Alberta sheriffs to remove drivers, impaired by drugs or alcohol, off the road.
Winter weather conditions, increased traffic volumes and holiday stress can make the roads more dangerous. Alberta RCMP suggest drivers prepare for the weather by using winter tires, clearing ice and snow from the vehicle before driving and to be mindful of road conditions.