Cumberland RCMP step up drunk driving enforcement

Darrell Cole
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‘Stay safe and sober this holiday season’

A weekend campaign by RCMP and municipal policing agencies has taken a big step in making Cumberland County highways safe from impaired drivers.

An RCMP impaired driving enforcement campaign over the weekend failed to find any impaired drivers among 1,000 vehicles stopped at 13 checkpoints over the weekend.

AMHERST – A weekend campaign by RCMP and municipal policing agencies has taken a big step in making Cumberland County highways safe from impaired drivers over the holiday period.

As part of National Safe Driving Week, the RCMP joined with officers in Amherst and Springhil to host a series of checkpoints on National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day last Saturday, along with others throughout the weekend.

“We held 13 checkpoints throughout the weekend, including one each with the Amherst and Springhill police departments. We checked about 1,000 vehicles over three days and there was not one single impaired driver,” Const. Travise Dow said.

While officers failed to catch one impaired driver, Dow said that doesn’t mean they’re not out there. He said the RCMP will continue to hold checkpoints throughout the Christmas season and he’s urging motorists to stay safe and sober during the holidays.

“The fact there were no impaired drivers shows our awareness campaigns are working, but there are still impaired drivers out there,” Dow said. “We will continue to be vigilant during the Christmas season making sure our roads remain safe for all motorists.”

RCMP held 800 checkpoints across the country on Saturday.

Dow said police don’t want to throw a damper on people’s holiday celebrations, but policing agencies want people to drive sober. He said a big part of that is planning ahead, using a designated driver and never getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks or getting into a vehicle with someone who has.

Dow said anyone who spots a suspected impaired driver is encouraged to call 911 and report the location where the vehicle is travelling, a description of the driver and/or vehicle and licence plate information.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, which is in the midst of its Red Ribbon Campaign, estimates each year there are between 1,250 and 1,500 alcohol-related crash deaths in Canada.

MADD says Nova Scotia’s death rate due to impaired driving was 4.57 per 100,000 people in 2012. In Saskatchewan, the number was 8.4 per 100,000, while in Ontario is was 2.03 per 100,000.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: RCMP, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Springhill Canada Nova Scotia Saskatchewan Ontario

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