RCMP officers in Pictou County were out in force on Saturday (Dec. 7) conducting checkpoints across the County in support of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
In support of Enforcement Day activites, Pictou County RCMP suspended two drivers on Saturday as a result of their impairment by alcohol. Checkpoints were held throughout the day and police spoke with more than 250 motorists in the County about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
‚ÄúThe positive feedback and support from our community was overwhelming,‚ÄĚ said Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy. ‚ÄúCheckpoints are one way of apprehending impaired drivers but they also give us the chance to speak to people about the importance of driving safe and sober. We need the public's help to stop impaired driving in our community.‚ÄĚ
The National Impaired Driving Strategy is being undertaken by the RCMP over the next year to increase efforts to end drinking and driving and drug impaired driving through proactive education and enforcement campaigns.
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.
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.