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Police arrest over 40 people for impaired driving over holidays

Impaired driving results for 2017

For Immediate Release:04-Jan-2018 @ 12:19 PM
MRU #:TR18R001

The Edmonton Police Service coordinates Checkstop campaigns throughout the year, including a number of events across the city over the holiday season.

The EPS Checkstop program involves static lines and roving patrols across the city looking for impaired drivers. While it is aimed at detecting impaired drivers and removing them from the road, a large component is also aimed at educating the public of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

 

The Checkstop campaign enhances other EPS impaired driving enforcement efforts such as Target All Drunk Drivers (TADD, which involves mobile enforcement near entertainment areas), as well as Curb the Danger (citizens reporting impaired drivers by calling 911), and helps to make Edmonton’s streets safer for all citizens.

Checkstop/TADD Summary of Results: December 2016 and 2017

Category

Dec 2016

Dec 2017

Number of Checkstop / TADD Operations

12

13

Total Vehicles Checked

3515

3530

Impaired Driving Arrests

41

42

Roadside Suspensions Issued

64

72


The highest breath sample on New Year’s Eve this year was 190mg%. The 49 year-old male driver was arrested for impaired driving.


Additional full-year comparison statistics are included below.

Checkstop/TADD Results: 2016 and 2017

Category

2016

2017

Change

Number of operations

32

34

6%

Vehicles Checked

9720

9844

1%

Impaired Arrests

149

127

-15%

Roadside Suspensions

209

188

-10%

   

If you suspect a driver is impaired, please contact police to Curb the Danger:

  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so.  Calling 911 in an emergency, or to report an impaired driver, is permitted while driving under the distracted driving law.

  • Report the location, vehicle description, and licence plate number.

  • Keep the vehicle in sight, but do not attempt to chase the vehicle or break the law to do so.

     

For more information on EPS traffic safety and enforcement initiatives, please visit www.edmontonpolice.ca.

 

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Please contact Cheryl Voordenhout at (780) 421-3507 for more information.

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