Sylvan Lake RCMP seeing impaired driving cases rise as weather warms up

Sylvan Lake RCMP seeing impaired driving cases rise as weather warms up

Sylvan Lake RCMP seeing impaired driving cases rise as weather warms up

Eight impaired driving charges laid in less than two weeks

Sylvan Lake RCMP laid six impaired driving charges in less than two weeks ending Monday.

The impaired charges were laid between April 21 and May 2 in Sylvan Lake and on surrounding highways.

As well, Sylvan police were also joined by RCMP traffic officers from Stettler and Blackfalds, as well as Sylvan Lake Municipal Enforcement Services officers in a joint force traffic operation on April 28.

Eight tickets were laid for speeding through school zones, seven seatbelt violation and two distracted driving tickets were also handed.

On the evening of April 28, a checkstop was set up near Bentley at Highway 20 and Highway 12. Police checked 90 personal vehicles and 12 commercial vehicles.

Two graduated licence suspensions were issued because the driver had consumed alcohol.

“As the warmer months are approaching our community sees an increase in a higher volume of traffic in Sylvan Lake and surrounding detachment area,” said Sylvan Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Christopher Peden.

“With this increase, there is also an increase in offenses relating to alcohol and motor vehicles,” said Peden. “The Sylvan Lake detachment officers will be increasing enforcement in order to enhance road safety for the community and those who travel to Sylvan Lake as a vacation destination.

“I would like to remind those drivers who consume alcohol or cannabis to make alternate arrangements to get home safely.”



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