From May 17 - 20, Alberta RCMP conducted enhanced traffic enforcement targeting impaired drivers. In part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday, May 18, police efforts this past Victoria Day long weekend focused on removing drug and alcohol impaired drivers from Alberta’s provincial roads and highways.

This year, the Alberta RCMP removed a total of 173 impaired drivers from the roads, 42 of which occurred during National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day across 36 organized check stops.

“While we promote safe driving behaviours all year round, we want to enhance this messaging and our enforcement efforts during holidays or long weekends when more people are out on our roadways,” says Sgt. Vinnie Hetu, Alberta RCMP Traffic. “Impaired driving is a danger to yourself and others. Always plan a safe, sober ride accordingly.”

The consequences for impaired driving include a 90-day suspension, one year of mandatory ignition interlock, a 30-day vehicle seizure, a $1,000 fine, and a criminal record.

Information provided by the Alberta RCMP