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EPS: Impaired driving continues to be an issue

News Release
Checkstop results for 2013
Impaired driving continues to be an issue
In the City of Edmonton there were 1905 impaired driving charges and 848 roadside suspensions laid in 2013 by the Edmonton Police Service.

“Yearly total results are affected by the weather, the number of officers working and the location of each Checkstop,” says Const. Robert Davis of the EPS Impaired Driving Countermeasures Unit. “We pulled over fewer vehicles this year; however we made more arrests per operation. It’s more targeted.”

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.

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.

If you suspect a driver is impaired, please contact police as soon as possible 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca.

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