RCMP cracking down on impaired, distracted drivers

Carole Morris-Underhill
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RCMP have set their sights on dramatically reducing the number of people who get behind the wheel impaired by drugs or alcohol or distracted by technology.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson visited police checkstops in Nova Scotia Saturday, Dec. 7 to help launch the initiative and make drivers aware of their renewed efforts to make roads safer.

The checkstop in Windsor, which was on King Street across from Victoria Park, took place in the evening hours.

Paulson said there were 800 road checks happening throughout Canada Dec. 7 – 240 of which were in the Maritimes.

Paulson noted that within minutes of setting up a checkpoint in Lower Sackville a few hours earlier, they nabbed an impaired driver.

“More people are killed on our roads by impaired drivers than are murdered in Canada. It's senseless. It's completely avoidable, it's completely preventable,” said Paulson. “Small decisions can save enormous consequences. That's why it's so important. Canadians are dying as a result of this and we can do something about it.”

Paulson, who participated in the checkstop alongside local and provincial RCMP members, said with the public's help, they will be able to put a dent in the number of people who get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired.

“Sometimes you're not going to be able to eliminate murders because that seems to be the nature of mankind, somehow, but we can beat this. We can fix this. That's what we want to do.”

To read the RCMP's fact sheet about what you need to know about impaired driving, visit: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ts-sr/id-cfa-eng.htm.

 

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Windsor King Street Victoria Park Lower Sackville

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  • RA
    December 08, 2013 - 17:08

    They should be checking their own members after their Christmas parties. I find that police rarely get charged for impaired driving unless they are involved in a MVA. Even after this, the judges are much more lenient than they would be for a regular citizen. I know the truth hurts, but not everybody knows that the police often get a pass on their crimes.