RCMP steps up impaired driving enforcement

Darrell Cole
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Saturday is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

Cumberland RCMP officers out in full force this weekend conducting checkpoints across the county

RCMP officer Sgt. Al Carroll ties a ribbon on a vehicle during a recent checkstop in Oxford. RCMP across the county will be stepping up impaired driving enforcement this weekend.

AMHERST – RCMP officers in Cumberland were out out in force this weekend conducting checkpoints across the county in support of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

As part of National Safe Driving Week the RCMP conducted a coordinated impaired driving enforcement campaign across the country and designated this Saturday as National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

As Nova Scotia’s Provincial Police, the RCMP will have a strong presence on our roadways checking to see if motorists are driving in a safe and sober manner.

“There will be an increase in checkpoints this weekend and throughout the year as RCMP in Nova Scotia increase our efforts to identify and apprehend drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs,” says Sgt. Al Carroll from Amherst RCMP detachment. “The consequences of driving impaired are significant. You are making the choice to place your life in danger and choosing to put the lives of others in danger. We also ask passengers of impaired drivers to have the courage to say no, refrain from getting into the vehicle and call police.”

Cpl. Stephen Smith of the Cumberland RCMP-Pugwash detachment reinforced Carroll's message on Saturday.

"National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is part of the RCMP's initiative," stated Cpl. Stephen Smith of the Cumberland RCMP from Pugwash early Saturday evening. "There have been checkpoints throughout Cumberland County during the day and we will continue to have checkpoints tonight."

Overall, the response from motorists has been very good, according to Smith.

"In general, people are happy to see us out," said Smith. "You will get the occasional person who is upset with the delay, but, it usually only takes a minute or two if their paper work is in order."

With Christmas just around the corner, Smith encourages people to plan ahead if there is alcohol involved.

"I encourage people to have their designated drivers lined up if they're going to Christmas parties," said Smith.

Cumberland County RCMP will be returning to their regular duties on Sunday.

"We're always looking for impaired drivers, just more so on December 7," said Smith.

Citizens who spot a suspected impaired driver are encouraged to call 911 and report the location where the vehicle is travelling, description of the driver and/or vehicle, and license plate information. By providing this information it will assist police efforts to locate the driver.


With files from Jamie Heap, The Amherst News

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cumberland

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