The RCMP are encouraging Albertans to relax, celebrate and be safe over the Christmas season.
Varying degrees of winter conditions all over the province, mixed with extra traffic and holiday stress make for more danger for everyone on the road. Alcohol or drugs only add to the problem.
Police are asking everyone to plan ahead for a safe ride home during the festivities.
“There are many safe options available – take public transit, call a cab, or arrange for a designated driver," said Alberta Sheriffs superintendent, Rick Gardner. "If you plan to partake in the festivities, always make sure you know how you will be getting home safely at the end of the night and encourage others to do the same."
During a checkstop on December 2 in Fort Saskatchewan, two impaired drivers were stopped and three open liquor tickets were handed out.
“It was important that we start patrolling early to remind Albertans that we will be actively looking for impaired drivers throughout the month,” said Staff Sergeant Don Murray, district commander of the Capital Region Integrated Traffic Unit. “The Checkstop served as a visible reminder to the public that it is never okay to drive impaired.”
The RCMP are reminding Albertans they cannot do it alone. Keeping Alberta roads safe requires an effort from both police and motorists alike.
If anyone suspects an impaired driver, try to grab the license plate numbers, where they're heading and pull over to phone 9-1-1 and report it.