More than 10,000 vehicles checked for impaired drivers

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HALIFAX - More than 10,000 vehicles were stopped in 75 checkpoints throughout the province on Saturday.

The RCMP charged 14 of those motorists with impaired driving as part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

The RCMP charged 12 drivers for alcohol impairment and two for drug impairment in addition to issuing seven road side suspensions.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was on duty at a checkpoint in Sackville where an impaired driver was apprehended at 4:30 p.m.

"It is a myth that impaired drivers are only behind the wheel at night," said Insp. Ray Oliver. "Impaired drivers are on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

During the checkpoint, RCMP officers spoke to motorists about making the right choice and making sure they plan ahead for a safe and sober drive throughout the holiday season and all year long.

Oliver acknowledges the overwhelming support from Nova Scotians saying, "People were very thankful and supportive of our efforts, both in person and on social media. There were a few comments on social media about the delays created by checkpoints. We appreciate motorists’ patience, however I think most would agree the delay was necessary to save lives."

Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of deaths on Nova Scotia roadways. Road safety is a priority for the RCMP and as the provincial police, the RCMP will continue to have a strong presence on Nova Scotia's roadways this holiday season and all year long.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Sackville, Nova Scotia

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  • bill miller
    December 10, 2013 - 17:22

    maybe they should step up and charge some of there own for impaired to they go out on these checks and drink themselfs o i forgot they are aloud to do that i mean we need some honest people that inforce the law