With the holiday season just around the corner it is timely to remind Chestermere residents of the importance of safe practices and decisions relating to alcohol consumption and driving. There has been recent changes to the laws regarding the allowed alcohol tolerances, driver suspensions and vehicle seizures. The intent of these legislative changes is to assist with public safety. The emotional costs alone of impaired driving are far too high a price to pay for short term lack of good judgement.
The first formal Chestermere RCMP check stop occurred during the evening of December 5, 2012. This check stop was held in conjunction with members of the Strathmore RCMP and Provincial Traffic Sheriffs on Highway 1 at Highway 1a. The results included approximately 300 vehicles checked, one impaired driver charged, two persons arrested for outstanding criminal code and provincial warrants and two traffic violation tickets issued.
It is hoped all Chestermere and area residents to have a safe holiday season. To assist the members of the Chestermere RCMP Detachment will be conducting other random check stops to deter and if needed to detect impaired drivers. There are many options to prevent impaired driving which requires in most cases some pre-planning. Utilizing designated sober drivers calling a taxi are but of a few safe options.