Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested five impaired drivers last weekend: three drivers were arrested during checkstops, a fourth after she struck a pedestrian, and the fifth during a traffic stop.
RCMP operated checkstops at two locations in the city this weekend; the first was between 9:30 and 11 pm at 50 Avenue and 45 Street on July 23, and the second was at 32 Street and Springfield Avenue between 1:30 and 3:30 am the morning of July 24.
Results from the two checkstops:
- 3 – impaired drivers (over 80 mg% ) arrested and charged (vehicles were seized for 3 days)
- 3 – 72-hour suspension for blowing 50-100 mg% (vehicles were seized for 3 days)
- 1 – 30 day GDL suspensions (new driver with any amount of alcohol in their system – 30-day license suspension and vehicle seized for 7 days)
- 2 – Gaming and Liquor Act charges
- 18 – other moving / non-moving violation tickets
RCMP also arrested a woman for impaired driving after the vehicle she was driving struck a pedestrian outside the Westerner grounds at approximately 12:30 am on July 23. The man was crossing 49 Avenue at the southwest gates of the Westerner grounds when a blue Dodge Neon struck him, then continued southbound for a short distance before stopping. Members of the Westerner medical team offered CPR until EMS and police arrived. The victim, a 52 year old Red Deer man, was taken to hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. A 24 year old Lacombe woman will face a number of charges including impaired driving; those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.
RCMP arrested another impaired driver shortly before 3 am on July 23 after conducting a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado truck as it drove erratically on 32 Street. An 18 year old Red Deer woman faces impaired driving charges in this occurrence; those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.
“The reckless choice to drive impaired endangers lives, and our message to these people is that your choices will catch up with you,” says Sergeant Al Nickolson of the Red Deer RCMP. “We are out there every day and every night, looking for impaired drivers through check stops and patrols, and following up on reports called in by concerned citizens.”
You can report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911 when it is safe to do so, including the vehicle description, license plate, direction of travel and a description of the driver.
Sgt. Al Nickolson
Red Deer RCMP