Curb the Danger is a police-community collaboration to "curb" impaired driving in Edmonton. This program was launched in October 2006 by the Edmonton Police Service. The program aims to increase community participation in the detection of impaired drivers by asking citizens to call 911 if they suspect a driver is impaired.
Citizens will be asked for the last direction of travel of the suspect vehicle, make of vehicle and a license plate. Do not attempt to chase the vehicle, or break the law in order to keep the vehicle in sight.
If you suspect a driver is impaired:
- 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 license plate number.
- If possible, keep the vehicle in sight but do not attempt to chase the vehicle, or break the law to do so.
Curb the Danger accounts for approximately 40% The unique component to the program is that if police are unable to intercept the suspect vehicle, and if there is a license plate and driving pattern given, the registered owner of the vehicle is sent a letter. In that letter the owner is informed that their vehicle was reported to Curb the Danger by a concerned citizen.
Distracted Driving Legislation:
The distracted driving legislation in Alberta provides an exemption to allow the use of a hand held cellular device to report an emergency which includes a possible impaired driver reported to 9-1-1.
Curb the Danger Statistics for 2018
|Impaired Driving Arrests
|Letters sent to Registered Owners
|Calls from the Public
Sadly as long as there are people who choose to drive while impaired, there will be a need for the Curb the Danger program. Those who have the propensity to drive under the influence should realize that in addition to the police, the citizens of Edmonton are on the lookout for impaired drivers.