RCMP detachments launch CheckStop campaigns

Red Deer City RCMP and Lacombe Police Services have launched their December CheckStop campaigns.

Red Deer City RCMP and Lacombe Police Services have launched their December CheckStop campaigns.

“We’ll be doing one at least once a week,” said Sgt. Isabelle Hammer, who heads city RCMP traffic services.

“I want to . . . incite people to plan better their evenings. They can preplan with cabs and other ride services. We’d rather say Merry Christmas than you’ve got an impaired.”

Lacombe Police chief Gary Leslie said in a release that roving, random CheckStops are underway.

“I hope Lacombe residents will think twice before getting behind the wheel while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is either impaired by alcohol or a drug.”

Alberta RCMP and Sheriffs integrated traffic units are also busy, arresting 15 impaired drivers at four CheckStops since Dec. 1. Innisfail and Ponoka both have integrated units, patrolling numerous Central Alberta highways, including Hwy 2.

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