Impaired driving message getting through
It seems that drivers are getting the message that drinking and driving is a poor choice over the holidays.
The Drumheller RCMP, along with RCMP across the province stepped up enforce- ment and checkstops throughout the month of December, with a focus on the holiday season. Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles said it was a relatively quiet season on the road.
“We had one charged on New Year’s and it was seconds after midnight,” he tells inside Drumheller. “That was the only impaired they had despite lots of checkstops and patrols. That is good. That’s not saying there weren’t others we didn’t catch. That shows the bulk of people, I hope, are getting the message that if you indulge, don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
In fact, over the years these types of incidents during the holiday have been decreasing. While it may show that people are getting the message, he hopes that this is not just during the Christmas season.
“We have to be vigilant year round, I think there is so much emphasis on the Christmas season that people are making the association, but that doesn’t negate other long weekends and times throughout the year.”