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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Celebrate safely - don't drive while impaired this holiday season

Impaired driving

As we head into the holiday season, Chestermere Community Peace Officers and RCMP would like to encourage our community to celebrate safely and are reminding drivers that impaired driving is dangerous and illegal.  

Alberta’s impaired driving laws changed as of December 1, 2020 and the Immediate Roadside Sanctions program now offers serious and immediate consequences for all impaired drivers.

Whether you consume cannabis or alcohol or any other intoxicating substance before driving, there will be serious, immediate and escalating consequences for all impaired drivers.

These consequences range from driver’s license suspensions, vehicle seizures and fines.

At the federal level, Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) was implemented in Canada in 2018. This means that, Officers can demand that any lawfully-stopped driver provide a preliminary breath sample to test for alcohol without reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body.

Motorists should remember the following:  

-    Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgment and reaction time.
-    Impaired driving is criminal and dangerous.  
-    Mandatory Alcohol Screening is used by Alberta RCMP to deter and detect impaired drivers. If you are pulled over, or at a check stop, you can expect to provide a breath sample.
-    Individuals with a Graduated Driver’s Licence must abide by the zero-tolerance law.
-    Ensure Ice and snow is completely cleared from windshields before operating the vehicle.  Trying to drive a vehicle that has not been sufficiently defrosted is extremely dangerous.  

Impaired driving is always preventable and can always be avoided. Call a taxi or rideshare service, use a designated driver, or stay the night.  Call 911 if you witness or suspect impaired driving.  

To learn more about the Immediate Roadside Sanctions program visit:
https://www.alberta.ca/immediate-roadside-sanctions-irs-warn-program.aspx

To learn more about the Mandatory Alcohol Screening program visit:
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/longdesc.html
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/ 

View/Download  the Alberta RCMP Traffic ‐ Information Sheet on Impaired Driving, Mandatory Alcohol Screening ‐ Immediate Roadside Sanctions:
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