With the holiday season here, it makes sense that December has been designated as Impaired Driving Enforcement Month for the RCMP. Besides March when St.Patricks day brings out the drunk drivers and October when Thanksgiving seems to be an occasion to drink and drive, December is the busiest time of the year for police nabbing impaired drivers.
Alberta’s impaired driving enforcement blitz is well under way, and with 112 local RCMP detachments participating the RCMP has been seeing encouraging results in some areas. St. Albert, a place where an impaired driver recently struck an 81-year-old pedestrian, was the site for several checkstops one weekend and they didn’t stop a single impaired driver in the bunch. One person did receive an impaired under the influence of drugs.
Even elementary school age children in Alberta are helping spread the word about the campaign. After learning about impaired driving at school, they have been writing personal messages and drawing pictures on paper liquor bags to discourage people from driving impaired. The bags are sent out to local liquor stores and they use them to package up someone’s purchase. This year approximately 60,000 bags were distributed across Alberta, and at the end of the campaign one child’s design will be selected and that image will be placed on millions of bags.
What can you do to help spread the word about Impaired Driving Enforcement month? Whether you’re in Alberta or another province you can tell your friends not to drink and drive, offer to be someone’s sober driver if necessary, if you see a checkstop somewhere, don’t share that information on social media, and even if you have one drink, don’t get behind the wheel. It’s all part of staying safe this holiday season, and that’s the entire point of Impaired Driving Enforcement Month.