RCMP will be conducting additional checkpoints across the province on December 3 for National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.
Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the province as officers continue efforts to help keep our roads safe this holiday season.
Every month, RCMP members charge between 100 and 200 drivers across Nova Scotia for impaired driving by drugs or alcohol.
“While police work hard 24/7 to enforce Nova Scotia’s driving laws, the public can also help by planning ahead and reporting impaired drivers,” says Cpl. Calvin Byard, Traffic Services, Nova Scotia RCMP.
Below are tips to prevent impaired driving in any situation:
· Plan ahead and choose a designated driver
· Split a cab/uber or ride on public transit
· Don’t drink on an empty stomach and pace yourself – know your limits
· If you’re hosting a party, ask guests if they have a safe ride home and ensure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink and food options available
We all have a responsibility to drive safely. Always drive sober and call 911 if you believe someone is driving impaired or is otherwise an immediate threat to public safety.
Once you call 911, you will be asked for:
- Your location
- A description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, colour, make and model
- The direction of travel for the vehicle
- A description of the driver if visible
Road safety is a shared responsibility. The Nova Scotia RCMP looks forward to seeing you driving sober and safely on Nova Scotia Roadways this holiday season.