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Alberta RCMP bust 173 impaired drivers over May long weekend

Long weekend RCMP blitz nabbed plenty of drunk drivers.
Metro Creative Connection

Alberta RCMP removed a total of 173 impaired drivers from the road over Victoria Day long weekend this year.

Mounties conducted enhanced traffic enforcement targeting impaired drivers from May 17 to 20.

As part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on Saturday, May 18, police efforts over the long weekend focused on removing drug and alcohol impaired drivers from provincial roads and highways.

Forty-two impaired drivers were specifically busted during National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day across 36 organized check stops.

“While we promote safe driving behaviours all year round, we want to enhance this messaging and our enforcement efforts during holidays or long weekends when more people are out on our roadways,” said Sgt. Vinnie Hetu, Alberta RCMP Traffic, in a news release.

“Impaired driving is a danger to yourself and others. Always plan a safe, sober ride accordingly.”

Police warn that impaired drivers could face a 90-day suspension, one year of mandatory ignition interlock, a 30-day vehicle seizure, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record.

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