In a move that doesn’t happen very often, the Mounties are warning you about a checkstop blitz throughout the province on Saturday.
This as RCMP begin their annual Impaired Driving Enforcement Month.
Saturday’s checkstop blitz is described as “a large scale operation” involving hundreds of officers and sheriff personnel.
They won’t just be looking for drunk drivers on Alberta roads and highways, they’ll also be watching for those high on drugs and any other infractions.
It’s meant as both a reminder and warning of what’s to come throughout the holiday season.
Constable Mike Hibbs, with the Capital West Traffic Unit, says usually the message does not seem to sink in, but every once and a while he says it does.
“Just last week, of course, we set up on Highway 16A heading to Spruce Grove and Stony Plan; had a major checkstop there. I’m happy to say that we didn’t get any significant alcohol that night, which was a good sign. We stopped over 100 vehicles last weekend.”
So far this year, Alberta RCMP have charged nearly 4,000 people with impaired driving; with 11 of those cases resulting in someone’s death. (bd/td)