Im­paired driv­ing mes­sage get­ting through

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.”

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