Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested nine impaired drivers over the past weekend: four drivers were arrested during patrols on Friday night and five more on Saturday night.
RCMP Traffic members and general duty members arrested the nine impaired drivers during roving patrols across the city all weekend. “Most of the drivers arrested were identified by police through their driving patterns,” says Cpl. Mike Zufferli of the Red Deer RCMP Traffic unit. “Impaired drivers who think they’re okay to drive are fooling themselves, and these charges bear that out. Impaired drivers follow predictable and dangerous patterns, and police officers are trained to identify those patterns.”
One driver was arrested after police observed him driving almost 100 km/ hour in a 60 zone. When RCMP initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle attempted to flee police before getting cornered in a close. When he exited his vehicle, he was arrested for flight from police. Subsequent blood alcohol tests revealed he was well over the legal limit at .13.
RCMP arrested another driver whose blood alcohol content was at .24, three times the legal limit.
“Impaired driving is a dangerous choice to make, and for those who continue to drive impaired, it’s going to catch up with you,” says Zufferli. “RCMP are always actively looking for impaired drivers on the roads through roving patrols, check stops and reports from 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.
Cpl. Mike Zufferli
Red Deer RCMP