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Police arrest over 40 people for impaired driving over holidays

Impaired driving results for 2016

For Immediate Release:04-Jan-2017 @ 4:14 PM
MRU #:TR17R001

The Edmonton Police Service ran an impaired driving campaign over the holiday season, which included a number of Checkstop events across the city.

The EPS Checkstop program involves vehicle-stop locations 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.

 

Checkstop / TADD Summary of Results: December 2015 and 2016

Category

Dec 2015

Dec 2016

Number of Checkstop / TADD Operations

10

12

Total Vehicles Checked

3 145

3 515

Impaired Driving Arrests

42

41

Roadside Suspensions Issued

59

64

Other Criminal Code Charges

26

30

 

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

Curb the Danger calls received from residents also played an important role in helping to keep motorists and pedestrians safe over the holidays and throughout 2016.

In one instance, on New Year’s Eve, police responded to a Curb the Danger call that resulted in the arrest of an impaired 19-year-old female driver. The driver had allegedly collided with a bus shelter on the south side of 132 Avenue near 105 Street, at approximately 2:30 a.m. that morning. When tested by officers, the woman provided breath sample readings of 170mg% and 180mg%.

Additional year-end impaired driving statistics are included below.


EPS Impaired Driving Arrests by Program

Program

2015

2016

Change

Checkstop

153

146

-4.6%

Curb the Danger

714

661

-7.4%

Other Arrests

720

630

-12.5%

Total Impaired Arrests

1587

1437

-9.5%


Checkstop / TADD Results, 2016 and 2015

Measure

2015

2016

Change

Operations

30

32

6.7%

Vehicles Checked

9112

9720

6.7%

Impaired Arrests

153

149

-2.6%

Roadside Suspensions

211

209

-0.9%

 

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 Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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