In just the first two nights of the 2016 Christmas Check Stop campaign Lethbridge Police have already charged as many people with impaired driving as the entire month-long effort last year.
On December 2 and 3 LPS conducted a joint forces Check Stop with officers from the Blood Tribe Police Service, Lethbridge RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs resulting in eight people being charged with impaired driving.
In addition, the following other violations/sanctions resulted:
- Three drivers were issued Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS Suspensions)
- Three drivers were issued Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance (AZAT/GDL) suspensions
- One suspended driver was apprehended
- Two unlicensed drivers were charged
- Four unregistered vehicles were ticketed
- One uninsured vehicle was ticketed
- 10 other TSA and related regulation tickets were issued.
Police are reminding motorists never to drink and drive and anyone who observes a suspected impaired driver is asked to call 911 immediately if it is safe and lawful to do so.
A combination of traditional, static, on-road Check Stops and targeted, mobile enforcement will continue throughout December and into the New Year.
If you are going to drink, plan ahead for a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver (who does not drink any alcohol), call a taxi, use public transportation or contact a drive-home service, such as Operation Red Nose.