Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested four impaired drivers after running Operation Impact check stops and roving patrols on the May long weekend. In a two hour check stop the evening of May 21, RCMP checked more than 300 vehicles – including two that police intercepted as the vehicles attempted to avoid the check stop – and tested seven drivers for impairment; two drivers were issued warnings as they were just below the threshold for having their license suspended and their vehicles impounded for three days. RCMP also located and arrested four impaired drivers during police patrols, one as the result of a collision: the female driver in that collision registered a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.
As well as the long weekend check stops, Red Deer RCMP have been busy enforcing traffic laws in accordance with policing priorities identified by The City of Red Deer and the Red Deer RCMP in the Annual Policing Plan.
On May 17, RCMP conducted a distracted driving and seat belt campaign in the construction zone on 30 Ave south of Clearview. Police set up with a handheld laser and then stopped violators and ticketed them on the spot. In the span of one hour, 12 drivers were ticketed – two received multiple tickets for driving without a seatbelt while talking on their cell phone.
On May 18, RCMP conducted a speed campaign targeting west bound traffic on 67 Street. Again, RCMP set up with a handheld laser and issued tickets on the spot to violators. In the space of an hour and a half, police ticketed 20 drivers; of those, four were driving in excess of 100 km/hour in a 70 km/hour zone. Police also issued two seatbelt tickets and two distracted driving tickets during this operation.
“The community places a high priority on safer roads, and RCMP will meet that commitment by continuing to target high-risk drivers who place the public in danger,” says Sergeant Al Nickolson of the Red Deer RCMP. “Driving while impaired or distracted or at excessive speeds is a recipe for disaster. It makes you much more likely to cause serious injury or death to yourself or to those around you.”
RCMP target high-risk driving behaviours year-round with revolving check stops and other traffic campaigns. You can report suspected impaired or high-risk drivers by calling 911 when it is safe to do so, and reporting the vehicle description, license plate, direction of travel and a description of the driver.
Sgt. Al Nickolson
Red Deer RCMP