Slave Lake, Alberta - Over the past week, the Slave Lake RCMP has received an increase in impaired driving complaints. Between December 6 and December 13 the RCMP has received approximately twelve reports of impaired drivers on area roadways. Of these complaints three drivers were charged with impaired driving and one driver issued a twenty-four hour suspension.
"It is encouraging to know that the general public will not tolerate impaired drivers in our community and are open to calling the police. Unfortunately, based on recent numbers it appears as though many people simply do not understand the dangers of drinking and driving", says S/Sgt John Spaans of the Slave Lake RCMP.
The Slave Lake RCMP will be increasing patrols and Check Stops during the holiday season; historically a time where impaired driving rises. It is important for all motorists to develop contingency plans should they be unable to drive.
In 2017 the local RCMP received eighty nine (89) verified complaints of impaired drivers. Twenty two of these complaints resulted in the driver being criminally charged.
Individuals may be charged with impaired operation or care or control of a motor vehicle when their blood alcohol is found to be in excess of 80mg/%. Once charged with the offence the individual's driver's licence is suspended until the end of court proceedings and their vehicle is impounded for a period of three days. Upon a finding of guilt, individuals caught impaired driving may be subjected to a one year Canada-wide driving prohibition and a monetary fine. Individuals found with a blood alcohol level between 50-80 mg/% could be subjected to a three day (72 Hours) suspension and a vehicle seizure.
If you suspect an impaired driver, call 911 or the local detachment at (780) 849-3045.