Police and RCMP check 1,755 vehicles as part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

Police and RCMP check 1,755 vehicles as part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

On December 3, 1,755 vehicles were checked at 43 checkpoints across Saskatchewan, resulting in 13 infractions, 11 drink-related bans and four drug-related bans on National Driver’s Ban Enforcement Day.

The Prince Albert Police Service, along with Sask. RCMP detachments, officers of Combined Traffic Services Sask. (CTSS) and other police services in the province participated in getting disabled drivers off the road.

The list of violations includes a near miss on Highway 16. Officers with the Maidstone RCMP received a 911 call around 10:30am on December 3 to report an erratic driver while traveling at very high speed on Highway 16 near Maidstone drove.

Officers found the vehicle parked on the side of the road with a lone occupant in the passenger seat. During a traffic stop, the investigation determined that there were no footprints around the vehicle and the occupant was the driver.

The police officers suspected signs of impairment and, as a result of further investigations, the 21-year-old man was reported for disturbed (alcohol) driving of a motor vehicle.

“We would like to thank the public for continuing to report suspected impaired drivers, we are making every effort to locate them,” said Sgt. Granat Waldbauer of the RCMP’s CTSS unit in Saskatchewan. “One phone call is all it takes to improve road safety in your community.”

December 1st to 7th was also Canada Safe Driving Week. During the seven-day enforcement campaign, CTSS police officers checked 2,470 vehicles, resulting in:

• 1,586 warnings to drivers.

• 604 speeding charges collected.

• 125 motor vehicle inspection notices issued.

• Placed 100 phone charges while driving while distracted.

• 73 people were charged with abusing seat belts.

• Fees charged for 69 invalid vehicle registrations.

• 27 reports of invalid driver’s licenses.

• 17 road closures imposed (9 for alcohol, 8 for drugs).

• 17 driving while on a disqualified, suspended, or prohibited charge.

• 5 charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

• 5 charges for driving a vehicle with open alcohol or unsealed cannabis.


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